4. Comayagua

“Feasible” and “Prefeasible” Projects are highlighted in yellow.

A.1. Agrobusiness (Industrial Crops)

AGR106: Ionizing System Treatment Plant for Export Vegetables

Amount:

US $ 9,083,000

State:

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Location:

Municipality Comayagua, Department Comayagua

Description: Honduras's tropical climate allows year-round agricultural production, guarantees the growth of a number of products, among which is the production of jalapeño pepper, banana, watermelon, oriental vegetables and pineapple, among others. However, many of them cannot be exported fresh due to the phytosanitary restrictions in major markets, which make it impossible to take advantage of this demand. To overcome these phytosanitary restrictions a vegetable ionization treatment plant will be installed in Comayagua. The city of Comayagua is located 88 km from Tegucigalpa, and 158 miles from San Pedro Sula. Also, the location of Comayagua in the Inter-Oceanic Highway provides access to two international airports and is the point of convergence of the products from most of Central America. As this plant only at the Central American level, it opens the opportunity to offer treatment services at the regional level for all the fresh fruit that neighboring countries want to export. To start the operation of the plant, investors are offered to link the plant with planting if jalapeno pepper, of which there is already a success story of exportation of the product in the country, but it is sent processed. The fresh jalapeno pepper could be sent without any restrictions to the United States and Mexico, where the demand of these products is of 100 and 30 million pounds, respectively, leaving $ 30 million in currency a year.

AGR110: Tomato Paste Processing

Amount:

US $ 25,429,507

State:

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Location:

Municipality of Comayagua, Department of Comayagua

Description: Honduras currently exports in regional markets (El Salvador and Guatemala) about U.S. $ 27,000,000.00 per year of fresh tomatoes. A large fraction of this product is processed into paste and is exported to the United States, Mexico and throughout Central America, as there are restrictions on the export of tomatoes from open fields to these countries. The tomato market in the United States represents slightly more than 721 million dollars.

Evaluating, the high capacity and high demand for the product, the proposal is to install an industrialization plant for tomato purée with a processing capacity of at least 25,000 lb of product per hour, in an average shift of 8 hrs. work.

AGR111: IQF (Individual Quick Freezing) Fruits and Vegetables Production

Amount:

US$ 47,966,037

State:

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Location:

Municipality of Siguatepeque, Department of Comayagua

Description: For this project the following considerations were taken from the plant, distance of the raw material, distance to port, availability and quality of water (5.000 lbs / hour of production require 360.000 liters / day), distance to dispose of organic material, availability of labor, water treatment and sewage and a land area of ​​5 and 7 manzanas. The requirement for the development of the project is 600 manzanas/ 1,000 producers, with production levels at the plant for the first year of 200,000 lbs per week and after 5 years of 400,000 lbs / week. The products selected for processing at the plant are a combination of: broccoli 30%, melon balls 30% , jalapeno 10%, cauliflower 8%, manioc: 5%, banana: 5%, okra: 3% and others: peas, plantain, mango, pineapple, papaya, citrics, etc.

AGR112: Certified Transgenic Corn Seed Production

Amount:

US$  34,574,400

State:

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Location:

Municipalities Nueva Palestina, Catacamas, Juticalpa, San Esteban, Department Olancho,  Municipality Danlí, El Paraíso, Depto. El Paraíso, Municipality Olanchito, Department of Yoro,  Municipalities of Ajuterique, Lamani, Comayagua, Department of  Comayagua and Municipality Lempira, Department of Lempira.

Description: For its part, Honduras is the only Central American country that has the legal bases for the production of GMO. Considering this potential, the project proposes the production of certified seeds for local production of GMOs and for exporting to countries currently producing them. There is potentially the opportunity to dedicate 5.000 hectare for planting corn seed, in association with medium-sized producers, to introduce technology production, or to offer a land lease system and so the investors can maintain their independence.

For this project, it is necessary to install a seed sorting and packing plant for export purposes, with a processing capacity of 20,000 MT per year.

AGR118: Pineapple Production and Packaging for Export

Amount:

US $ 23,959,172

State:

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Location:

Municipality Danlí, Department El Paraíso and Municipality Siguatepeque, Department of  Comayagua

Description: The demand for fresh pineapples has enjoyed steady growth in recent years; the price has remained stable, with peaks during the spring season. The incentives offered by the Government of Honduras for export are always an advantage for the investor. In addition, in Honduras there is open sea to the west and east coasts of the United States, allowing a preferential export channel in Latin America. Opening doors to a market that consumes more than 320,000 metric tons of pineapples per year. In this sense the project is designed to establish a plantation of 52 hectares of pineapple, for the first year and consequently the expansion of production area by 52 hectares per year, reaching 300 ha after 5 years. In addition, it is necessary to install a packing plant with a packing line of at least 22,000 units a day and the processing line that will absorb 15% of the field's production, which is not suitable for export.

AGR119: Guava Production and Commercialization

Amount:

US $  6,840,233

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Location:

Municipality of Comayagua, Department Comayagua

Description: In Comayagua and its surroundings there are 80 hectares of Taiwanese Guava owned by a  guava producers' association in Comayagua. Approximately 200 MT of fresh fruit are produced and marketed locally. However, the true potential of the crop is in the regional export market in Central America, Mexico and the United States. There are phytosanitary barriers to export fresh plant, as for most of the fruits. They can only enter in a processed form or by ionization system, which does not yet exist at the regional level. This condition is what has not allowed the growth of Taiwan Guava in Honduras.

 That's why the intention is to install the fruit processing plant, to begin processing discarded guava for local markets, and to promote the increase of the guava production area which will allow supplying the market with processed fruit. The plant can provide packaging service for other export fruits in the area, such as mango, pineapple, melon and oriental vegetables.

AGR123: White and Yellow Onion Production, Storage, and Export

Amount:

US$ 16,522,000

State:

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Location:

Municipalities of Sensenti,  Belén Gualcho, Nueva Ocotepeque, Department Ocotepeque, Municipality of Cucuyagua , Department Copán, Municipality of Güinope, Department El Paraíso, Municipalities of Ajuterique, Lejamaní, Comayagua, Department Comayagua.

Description: At the regional level onion imports in 2008 were 68.000 TM, the main potential market is El Salvador with a consumption of 44%. However, it is important to note that the demand for each country is different with respect to varieties that consumers prefer, for example, El Salvador consumes mostly white onion, and nonetheless Honduras prefers the yellow variety.

 Therefore it is proposed to venture into an onion production area of ​​1000 hectares, to supply the regional market with 45,000 MT, especially El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala (all of which are onion importers). The construction of the necessary infrastructure to dry, store, handle and package the product is an integral part of the project.

A.2. Agrobusiness (Animal Production)

AGR202: Floating net Cage Culture of Tilapia in the mirror of the Reservoir of the General Francisco

Amount:

US $ 28,767,129

State:

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Location:

Municipality of Las Lajas, Department of Comayagua

Descripción: Honduras, es ya exportador of filete of tilapia fresca, posee un gran potencial of crecimiento en este rubro. Debido a su cercanía a States Unidos, su principal mercado, se presenta la ventaja comparativa of poder enviar producto totalmente fresco vía aérea en menos of tres horas después of procesado. Además, posee las condiciones agroecológicas and los mantos acuíferos para su explotación. En este sentido, se plantea al inversionista, la instalación of una planta of procesamiento (eviscerado and deshuesado) en las cercanías del Lago of Yojoa and la Represa Hidroeléctrica Francisco Morazán, para aprovechar la producción ya existente en estos dos mantos acuíferos. Además, establecer un sistema of coinversión en la fase of producción of tilapia en el montaje of 72 jaulas flotantes, para asegurar el abastecimiento mínimo of materia prima para proceso of la planta.

AGR207: Manufacturing Feed and Genetic Breeding of Swine

Amount:

US $ 14,660,000

State:

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Location:

Municipality of Comayagua, Department of Comayagua

Description: Today the swine production projects in Comayagua are one of the best and biggest pork farms nationwide. The project is managed technically by producing breeding stock for farmers nationwide, pigs for fattening and piglets to supply an average of 50 projects in 9 farming communities scattered in the Comayagua Valley.

The project involves the installation of a feed plant, breeding, and a meat sales center to add value to the product.

AGR208: Bovine Genetics Training Center and Laboratory

Amount:

US $ 7,376,712

State:

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Location:

Municipality of Juticalpa, Depto. Olancho, Municipality of Choluteca, Department of Choluteca, Municipality of Comayagua, Department of Comayagua, Municipality of La Ceiba, Department of Atlántida and Municipality of Danlí, Department El Paraíso.

Description: This project is contemplated to meet the need of genetic improvement in dairy and beef cattle due to the demands of national and international markets, this center focuses on obtaining the best genetic material from different races that would favor domestic producers and the external demand. Likewise, training services will be provided, as well as artificial insemination, and genetic material will be sold as frozen or on foot. The main center will be in Olancho, and the other ones will be regional offices affiliated to the same. The genetic material will be held in this first center.

A.3. Agribusiness (Irrigation Water Supply)

AGR304:  Irrigation Water Supply Network, Filtered and Pressurized in the Irrigation Districts of Seb

Amount:

US $ 15,282,787

State:

Feasibility

Location:

Municipalities Comayagua, Ajuterique, San Sebastián and Lamaní, Department of Comayagua.

Description: To seize the opportunities offered by the FTA's and other incentives of vegetable exportation (jalapeno pepper, pineapple, banana, oriental vegetables, sweet potatoes, etc.) to United States, Europe, and the regional markets, it is necessary for producers to have water resources in an efficient and timely manner. The project aims to incorporate in this valley a total of 2,786 hectares of net irrigated areas, with a potential increase to 9,000 ha. In this sense, the idea is to build the necessary infrastructure for collection, filtration and distribution of pressurized irrigation through a   BOT concession system, which will allow selling the service of water supply to the vegetable growers in these areas.

C.2. Forestry (Forest Plantations)

FOR202: Eucaliptus Dendro Energy Plantation (Eucaliptus Grandis) in the Department of Comayagua

Amount:

US $ 64,495,677

State:

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Location:

Municipalities of Comayagua, Siguatepeque and El Rosario, Department of Comayagua

The project consists in planting Eucalyptus in the municipalities of Siguatepeque, El Rosario and Comayagua. A 6 year- period is proposed for the project, however, the plantation cannot be exploited until after 20 years. The area planted covers 10,000 hectares with the lumber production purposes, using the specie known as eucalyptus, from theMyrtaceae, being a species of excellent growth reaching heights of 45 to 55 meters, with an excellent trunk; used for housing construction. Currently it is being used for the production of lumber due to its dendro energetic properties, its fast growth and regrowth capacity. The sites identified for planting are private and are located in accessible areas, with regular topography.

D.1. Infrastructure (Road Concessions)

INF106: Concession of the Construction, Operations and Maintenance of the Logistics Corridor of Hond

Amount:

US $ 284,446,381

State:

Feasibility/Profile

Location:

Departments of Valle, La Paz, Comayagua and Cortés

Description: Construction, operation, improvement, and maintenance of the Logistic Route of Honduras, through a concession: a) Concession of the Inter-Oceanic Road CA1 - Goascorán - Villa de San Antonio (51 km long; Cost: US$ 152 Million). Currently the section from the Villa de San Antonio to the site called El Quebrachal is under construction; however, its concession would allow building the access roads. In the section to be built, from El Quebrachal to Goascorán, it is still necessary to finish the construction of the 4 lanes in the entire dry channel; b) Concession of the North Highway (CA-5) Section La Barca-Potrerillos-Pimienta (19.9 km long ; Cost: US$ 53.37 Million): current state, being rehabilitated and construction of the interchange/IDB. It requires additional extension to 4 lanes; and c) Interchange of Villanueva (CA-5) - San Pedro Sula - Choloma (48 Km Long; Cost: US$ 91 Million). The section has 2 lanes, however it is necessary to expand it to 4 lanes; it already has a Technical - Economic/IDB feasibility study.

The three prior projects make up the "Logistic Corridor". Goascorán - Puerto Cortés" in charge of the ICF for its concession through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), with an average daily traffic of 12,000 vehicles.

INF105: Concession of the , Operations and Maintenance of the CA-5 North: Tegucigalpa - Villa de S

Amount:

US $ 121,996,327

State:

Feasibility

Location:

Departments of Francisco Morazán and Comayagua

Description: Consisting of the expansion, operation and maintenance of the 4 lanes of the Central American Highway CA-5 North, through a concession, of the section between Tegucigalpa and the Villa of San Antonio, with a ADT of 9,800 vehicles per day. Currently this section is being built with funding from the Millennium Challenge Account of Honduras MCA-Honduras): The construction company in the section Tegucigalpa - Río del Hombre corresponds to ETERNA, S.A. and the supervising company to the SNC - Lavalin / ACI Consortium. In the Section Río del Hombre - Beginning of the Comayagua Valley the construction company is the M&S/ Santa Fe consortium and the supervising company is the Tecnisa - Cinsa - Inocsa Consortium; it is expected that the works will be completed in July 2012.

INF110: Concession of the Construction, Operations and Maintenance of Road to the New Palmerola Air

Amount:

US $ 60,000,000

State:

Feasibility

Location:

Department of Comayagua and Francisco Morazán

Description: Construction of an alternate road from Río el Hombre - Protection - Pericon - to Valladolid, starting at kilometer 25 (Tamara Valley) and ending at Km 60 (Comayagua Valley), with a length of 24 km and at a construction cost of $ 55 million and U.S. $ 5 million for supervision, with a works construction period of 18 months, which would save 30 minutes in travel time to the airport. The physical characteristics of the road consist of a first class road, with maximum slopes of 6% and varying degrees of curvature up to 4%.