HONDURAS - Poultry farmers managed to produce unprecedented levels of growth in the last two years, with earnings from exports to the regional market increasing from US$5million to an expected $10 million by the end of this year.
The poultry sector is one of only a few in the country that have managed to fully meet domestic demand and have surplus for export, according to news website La Prensa.
Among the products currently exported are: fertile eggs, day-old chicks, table eggs and frozen chicken parts. The main markets are Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Shipments are also made to Guatemala but in smaller volumes.
"We hope that when the process of customs union with Guatemala has been completed, poultry producers will have more free markets and will increase sales to that country," said Donaldo Polanco, president of the National Association of Poultry Farmers of Honduras (Anavih).
The association said the industries expects to increase production of chicken meat and eggs by 5 per cent by the end of this year.
"We plan to close the year with a total production of 390 million pounds of chicken meat and 3.7 million egg boxes (360 units per box)," said Mr Polanco.
German Pérez Destephen, former Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) said that domestic consumption of chicken meat has grown. "The per capita consumption of poultry is 43 pounds a year. Possibly because it's the cheapest meat," said the expert.ThePoultrySite News Desk