These two companies, have in close cooperation with the Honduran Government , created this unique project. The Government is represented by the Honduran President, Porfirio Lobo, and Minister Cesar Ham from INA (Instituto Nacional Agricultura).
What is SO unique?
The Government has made 60.000 Hectare of land available for use via a cooperative formed out of local people living in the Sico region of Honduras. The Cooperative has the right to use this land free of charge. The Cooperative (via an Association) is also in partnership with Girasoloil AG Switzerland and Girasoloil Honduras SA. It is planned to harvest 5000 Hectares a month for 2 years, after which that land will be used for other crops and replaced by virgin land.
The land to be used is open fallow land where only grass is growing. There will, therefore be no land used for this project that is currently producing food.
Girasoloil SA and AG have started to bring in the agricultural machinery needed to prepare the land for production, The project will also use as many of the local people as possible for manual work. On Oct.1 2011 the number of workers in full employment was 43. This will grow month by month.
It is planned to harvest 5000 Hectares of Sunflowers for their seeds every month
The company is currently in the process of building a plant to extract oil from the sunflower seeds and produce animal feed from the remnants of the seeds after the oil extraction.
Honduras is a country with big potential in the agricultural sector. There are large areas of good farmland not in production. One of the main reasons for this situation is the due to the financial state of the county.
Girasoloil SA and AG ,in close cooperation with the Government ,are planning to extend the area of land to be set in production, and slowly increase the diversity of crops that are grown. Currently contracts are being drawn up between European supermarket chains and Girasoloil SA for the supply of specific products.. This will shorten the time from production to market at a competitive price.
This is not only a project based on commercial business, but also a project with a strong social profile. What is better way to help people than help them to help themselves? This project will bring land into production and work to the region, where presently, no work exists.
This website will be updated once a month with photos so clients and contacts can follow the progress.