The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) reported Friday that Honduras has joined efforts to formulate the Strategic Plan for the Coffee Sector (PERcafé) in Central America.
IICA, based in Costa Rica, said in a statement that Honduras "joined the efforts made by Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic in formulating a strategic plan that aims to provide solutions to the problems facing the coffee sector".
This PERcafé is developed through the Central American Program for Integral Management of Coffee Roya, which is executed by IICA, for the countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA).
The Institute explained that producers and representatives of federations, associations, government institutions and the Honduran Coffee Institute participated in the validation of PERcafé, which involves the SICA countries.
"With this initiative, we intend to solve the current challenges facing coffee production such as low prices in the international market, climate change, aging plants, lack of access to investment resources, lack of labor, the intensification of pests and diseases", explained IICA.
The President of the Honduran Coffee Institute, Asterio Reyes, highlighted in the statement the importance of dedicating efforts in the construction of alternatives for the sector.
For his part, the executive secretary of the National Coffee Commission, Jacobo Paz, urged Honduran members to work with the rest of the countries of the region to achieve efficient results.
The representative of IICA in Honduras, Franklin Marín, highlighted the support that the Central American Program of Integral Management of Coffee Roya is doing in the region, which, he said, should be used to find medium and long-term solutions.
"The participation of Honduras will allow it to strengthen its policy and other instruments that support, through regional actions that will be implemented with the Strategic Plan for the Coffee Sector (PERcafé)", IICA added.
This plan is being led by the Executive Secretariat of the Central American Agricultural Council and the Regional Cooperative Program for Technological Development and Modernization of Coffee Production (PROMECAFE).
The authorities expect to have the final version of the document in the month of March.