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Honduran economy boosted by fruits to US

International 04 Mar, 2020 Follow News

Honduras sells many of its bananas to the US

Hondurans may be finding it difficult to live and work in the United States, but they are benefiting from selling tropical fruits to the Americans.

Agricultural exports from Honduras to the US continues to increase, with tropical fruits playing a large role.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) specialist, Ana Gomez, told Hondudiario, a Honduran news agency, that agricultural exports have increased in recent years from $600 million to $900m and noted that Honduras exports more agricultural products to the US than the US exports to Honduras.

Gomez highlighted the fact that fresh fruits and vegetables are in high demand, and among them the melon and rambutan are fast risers.

According to data published by The Observatory of Economic Complexity in 2017, Honduras exported $9 billion worth of goods with the US importing $4.86bn worth of that. In 2017 bananas were their top exported fruit with a value of $293m followed by melons at $191m, among other commodities. The US was the main importer of both commodities, taking in $256m in bananas (88 percent) and $128m in melons (67 percent).

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