With Financing from the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras
Five Hydro-Energetic Irrigation Systems have been inaugurated
Intibucá.- Within the context of the Hydro-energetic Horticulture Project funded by MCA-Honduras and implemented by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Mr. Porfirio Lobo, President of the Republic, and Mr. Jacobo Regalado, Honduras Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, inaugurated five hydro-energetic irrigation systems representing and investment of more than 20.6 million lempiras and bringing benefits for more than 1000 members of the Lenca ethnic group living in the Intibucá and La Paz Departments.
The Project is focused on profiting efficiently and rationally from the renewable energy sources offered by nature in the area, in order to install irrigation systems (ultra low pressure hydro-energetic pumps), thus increasing competitiveness conditions for men and women producers from the indigenous communities being benefited and currently involved in horticulture production.
Members of the main table, presiding the event.
The President of Honduras, Mr. Porfirio Lobo Sosa, delivering his speech during the ceremony to inaugurate the irrigation systems.
Partial view of the more than 500 attendees from the Intibucá and La Paz Department, being benefited by the Hydro-energetic Horticulture Project.
Jonathan Brooks, observing the operation of the drip irrigation process in a potato parcel owned by one of the Project’s beneficiaries.
Representatives of the Honduras Government, the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras, and FAO learning about the operation of the hydro-energetic system.
Martín Ochoa, MCA-Honduras General Director and President Porfirio Lobo Sosa, unveiling the plaque during the inauguration ceremony.
Population from communities of long agriculture tradition, such as El Ciprés, Chiligatoro, Monquecagua, Togopala, Candelaria and San Pedro de Las Lomas in the Intibucá Department, and El Mescalito, Marcala, Arenal and Chinacla in La Paz, are currently cultivating about 50 hectares of potato, carrots, broccoli and aloe.
During his speech, President Lobo expresses: “I visited the Project and I’m impressed on how those pumps take the water to the parcels… I’d like to congratulate Martin Ochoa, the General Director of the Millennium Challenge Account, who has been linked to development projects all along; thank you very much!”.
President Lobo also encourage beneficiaries about taking good care of the Project and about keep working for their communities, “these project is very important since it represents progress… development will arrive and may things will change, but I urge you to preserve your culture, your traditions by bearing in mind your being Lenca”.
The most innovative aspects of the irrigation systems implemented by the Hydro-energetic Horticulture Project are the technological management and the use of hydraulic resources as the main input and renewable energy source, as well as the application of good agricultural practices and productivity improvement results.
On the other hand, one of the Project’s impacts is providing men and women producers with alternatives for sustainable food production, opening market opportunities, establishing links as part of the agriculture value chain, and improving the annual income per hectare
Jonathan Brooks, the Millennium Challenge Corporation Country Director for Honduras expressed: “When we, the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras, talked about working as partners, we mean working shoulder to shoulder to improve standards of living… I believe that your presence this morning is an example of that partnership… by inaugurating this Project we are opening new agriculture opportunities in a land where before it was very difficult to farm” said Mr. Brooks, speaking on behalf of the US Government.
By funding the Hydro-energetic Horticulture Project, the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras seeks to attain its objectives to generate greater opportunities for national agriculture, to potentiate the country´s most productive areas and to support producers with technical assistance and market linkages in order to transform their farms into more profitable units.
The event was hosted by Martín Ochoa, MCA-Honduras General Director, and by Carlos Andrés Zelaya FAO representative in Honduras. The event was also presided by local authorities from the Intibucá and La Paz Departments, and by members of the Government Cabinet.
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