Based in the valley of Jamastrán, in eastern Honduras, DeRoso Farms is devoted to the production and export of different varieties of yams (sweet potatoes) and butternut squash.
The company has 40 hectares for yams and 15 for squash, where it employs local families, with women representing 80% of its workforce.
“We grow both orange and white flesh sweet potato varieties. Our entire operation is certified by GlobalGAP and provides jobs to local families throughout the year,” says Allan Rodríguez, manager of the company.
In 2014, butternut squash prices were low; according to Allan, these did not exceed 13 dollars per 18 kilo box, which only covers the production costs.
“The butternut squash season will start in a few weeks and prospects are very good. We already have established customers who are waiting for our shipments. We monitored the market situation and expect good prices, close to 17 US dollars per box,” says Allan.
“In 2014 we received our GlobalGAP certification and we finished constructing our packing plant, so we have great expectations for 2015. We aim to continue growing on the basis of honesty, transparency, long-term relationships and a passion for what we do,” concludes Allan Rodríguez.
DeRoso Farms will attend the 2015 edition of Fruit Logistica. You will be able to visit them at Hall 23, Stand D-04.