With EDA Program
Successful promiton of plantain production
Comayagua.- During a workshop with more than 450 participants, and in an effort to increase in 3 thousand hectares during the next four years the area dedicated to plantain production, the MCA-Honduras Farmers Training and Development Activity (FTDA) financed by MCC funds, held the first event to promote commercial plantain cropping at a national level.
This event represented the meeting point for producers, potential buyers, suppliers of services and goods to establish closer ties within the plantain added value chain.
Partial view of attendees to the plantain production promotional meeting.
Participants had the opportunity to learn about the technological package being implemented by MCA-Honduras /EDA for high density crop in plantain production and for programmed harvests. FTDA´s technical team conducted presentations on areas such as production, post-harvest, marketing and financial analysis.
Speakers included representatives of firms such as Chiquita, INALMA, Rica Sula and Alimentos Dixie, who presented their annual volume of demand, quality requirements and expansion plans for fresh and processed fruit, both for local and export markets.
Other presentations were aimed to learn about the experiences of local firms such as BANDESA and Banco Atlántida as provider of financial services; SEAGRO, Duwest, and Lamersa as suppliers of equipment and goods; Galiltec as distributor of propagation material and Dole as buyer.
As a positive outcome of the event, it was possible to strengthen relationships within this value chain.
FTDA’s objective is to promote poverty reduction by generating business and employment opportunities in a sustainable way. Being in high demand and having an important growth potential in the short and medium term, plantain production represents a viable activity to create employment.
Honduras has the ago-ecological conditions, a wide tradition in plantain production, and above all, the interest from the part of producers, buyers, and the suppliers of services and good to obtain profitable results and benefits from the technology to be implemented by MCA-Honduras in high density crop of plantain production.