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The Food for Progress Program Incomes for Pineapple Growers in the Occident Country

23/04/2015

Historically Lucerna, Ocotepeque, has been recognized as a producer of pineapple, concentrating production in the hands of small producers of less than one hectarea and partners of the Joint Cooperative Alianza Lucerna Limitada ( COMIXALL ), which has joined forces in the marketing process of Azucarón pineapple, a variety that is characterized by its pleasant sweet taste.

The National Agribusiness Development Program (PRONAGRO) of the Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock ( SAG ) invested their efforts in developing a project to strengthen the productive chain of pineapple in the western of the country, with support from the Food for Progress Program  of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The project focused on the establishment of a pineapple seed bank  and the development of productive capacities and market of producers in the area of Lucerna, Ocotepeque. The project supported 23 members producers COMIXALL with field training on the handling of pineapple and seed variety MD2. The MD2 variety, which is highly marketable, was produced in the seed bank at affordable prices to producers.

With this project support different information documents were developed: pineapple business plan; market study; global picture of pineapple; manual production of pineapple; marketing parameters; and fast chain analysis pineapple Honduras. The information is generated in order to have a source of documentation available to the public interested in the field of pineapple.

Mr. Ruben Portillo says " its of great importance to have available seed for pineapple production since prior to the project access to seed MD2 pineapple , took place from Santa Cruz de Yojoa increasing costs for product transfer so that it was hard to plant this variety”.

"Currently with the operation of the Seed Bank six producers have seed to plant. It is expected that this year, with the second harvest, benefits the total of cooperative members. Another benefit, emphasizes Mr. Portillo " is the training received on the establishment and management of seed bank applying Good Agricultural Practices ( GAP), these have come to change the traditional techniques of management that initially gave the plantation".

For Mrs. Sandra Espinoza "This is a significant change since it will reduce costs for the purchase of raw materials and with good management I have better outcomes and improve my condition of life."

"The good thing is that improve the income of the coo- perative and benefit me as cooperative and producer of pineapple, I can get an exclusive credit for cultivation, and there will be sustainability for the Seed Bank”