They promote black sesame for areas of the Dry Corridor
May 03, 2019

Authorities of the Directorate of Agricultural Science and Technology (Dicta) promote the cultivation of black sesame in areas of the Dry Corridor, with support from businessmen from Taiwan, a friend of Honduras on the continent. Gerardo Murillo, confirmed that a group of Taiwanese is interested in supplying genetic material to produce. "It is an alternative that is adapted to extreme conditions with high temperatures," said Gerardo Murillo. Sesame or black sesame, Sesamum indicum, are dark colored flat seeds with properties very similar to white sesame although these have a stronger flavor.

Grains contain a high amount of proteins and unsaturated fats, being a food that helps lower cholesterol levels and high energy. It is used a lot in baking since it brings a touch of very striking color. At present, Honduran producers receive around 20 million lempiras per year for sales of white sesame in the context of a project promoted by Taiwan.

Only in the departments of Choluteca, Valle and Lempira are already about 850 producers counted. The production capacity per manzana is 12 quintals, while the annual harvest is around 20 thousand quintals at a price of one thousand lempiras per quintal. The sesame plant is native to India and Africa. There are different varieties, depending on this, seeds are obtained white, red, brown and black, according to the authorities of the Dicta.