President Hernandez Visits Area of Honduras Assisted by Delivery of Agricultural Supplies and Technical Assistance in the Dry Corridor

With the delivery of agricultural inputs including vegetable seeds, fungicides and fertilizers, the Dry Corridor Alliance (ACS-USAID) in Honduras, through the Biosecurity – Reactivation of Agri-Food Production Component, initiated the delivery of agricultural inputs to producers in the community of Los Encinos, Intibucá, from which about 37 producing families will benefit. The project is currently being implemented by Global Communities through the Government of Honduras INVEST-H department.

This was the first supply of inputs by ACS-USAID and it was marked by the participation of the President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, who thanked the producers for the work they have done, mainly during the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic for keeping a large sector of the Honduran population supplied with food, and motivated them to continue working for the benefit of the country.

President Hernandez took the opportunity to deliver agricultural inputs to representatives of the Board of Irrigators (IB), who also received the San Juan Micro-Watershed Protection Zone Declaratory Certificate and the Simplified Micro-Water Management Plan (PSMM), instruments developed thorough a participatory method with the accompaniment of collaborators from the program. In addition, a tour was conducted of the farm of the president of the Irrigation Board (IB), Mr. Roberto Dominguez, where different structures of protected crops were observed, for the production of vegetables such as tomato, sweet chilli and others.

Roberto Dominguez, beneficiary producer and president of the IB of the Community of Los Encinos, thanked ACS-USAID for delivering these inputs, saying that at the beginning of the pandemic, "As producers we lost enough of our harvest, and the market price has dropped, but with these inputs we will have the opportunity to reactivate the production of our farms."

José Benítez, Commissioner in charge of Development Projects at INVEST-H, said that "the actions carried out through the development projects implemented have allowed producing families to advance the generation of income and employment in the community, through the involvement of each of the family members."

The event was held as part of the verification tour to learn about the progress of the projects implemented by ACS-USAID. In addition, producers from the community of Los Encinos, representatives of the projects implemented by ACS-USAID, authorities of the Departmental Governorate and deputies of Intibucá also attended.

Over the next few weeks, agricultural inputs will be delivered to other beneficiary producers in the departments of La Paz, Lempira, Intibucá, Ocotepeque, Copán and Santa Barbara, benefiting 9,000 production families assisted by the ACS-USAID project.