As part of the event where the outcomes were presented, the authorities of the Med-fly Program presented the most significant achievements in the implementation of the Program that benefits about 12,500 producers of the Aguan Valley.
Tegucigalpa .- Authorities of the Millennium Account-Honduras, the International Organization of Plant and Animal Health (OIRSA) and the National Service for Agriculture and Livestock Health (SENASA), presented the outcomes in the event where the Aguan Valley was declared a Mediterranean Fruit Fly Free-Area, a Program implemented since January 2009 through the MOSCAMED Program funded by the Millennium Account - Honduras.
The main purpose of the program is achieving the declaration of the Aguan Valley as a Med-fly free area by the United States of America and thus being able to benefit approximately 12,500 farmers in the area and attract investment in high-value products for exports such as papaya, hot peppers, tomatoes and colored peppers.
As part of the event where the outcomes were presented, the authorities of the Med fly Program presented the most significant achievements obtained during its implementation.
In the five entry points of the valley, the same number of quarantine control points have been built to prevent the entry of fruits and vegetables that host the pest.
Through MOSCAMED, a trapping network has been established throughout the fly free area to monitoring the absence of the pest; this trapping network covers a total area of 194.500 hectares in the Valley.
"This program is great, and has financial support from both the Millennium Account and OIRSA. We have been doing all the adjustments so it can continue ... we all are aware that this program should continue because it will help Honduran producers to export to global markets, "said Guillermo Cruz, representative of OIRSA.
In the five entry points of the valley, the same number of quarantine control points have been built to prevent the entry of fruits and vegetables that host the pest. These control posts operate 24/7 365 days a year and have all the necessary basic services, a vehicle inspection area and a fumigation chamber for products that require it.
Declaring the Aguan River Valley as a Med-Fly free area, will support the development, in the short-term, a horticulture diversification cluster. The existing quarantine restrictions for free exports crops, will practically disappear when the production and exports of these crops is to an area recognized as a Medfly free area. Therefore, it is expected that at least three export companies will be established in the Aguan River Valley area, which will generate direct and indirect jobs in the area, as a result of the economic and technical support of the Millennium Account, together with SENASA / SAG.
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