Monday, June 25, 2012

Honduras: Agricultural Profile

An Agricultural Profile

Total Area:112,090 sq km
Land Area: 111,890 sq km
Water Area: 200 sq km

subtropical in lowlands, temperate in mountains

mostly mounains in interior, narrow coastal plains

Arable Land Use: 9.53%
Permanent Crop Use: 3.21%
Irrigated Land: 800 sq km
Total Renewable Water Resources: 95.9 cu km
Total Freshwater Withdrawal: 0.86 cu km per year
Per Person Freshwater Withdrawal: 119 cu m per year

Natural Hazards:
frequent, but generally mild earthquakes; extremely susceptible to damaging hurricanes and floods along the Caribbean coast

Current Environmental Issues:
urban population expanding; deforestation results from logging and the cleaning of land for agricultural purposes; further land degradation and soil erosion hastend by uncontrolled development and improper land use practices such as farming of marginal lands; mining activities polluting Lago de Yojoa (the country's largest source of fresh water), as well as several rivers and streams, with heavy metals

Total Labor Force: 3.461 million
% Agricultural Labor Force: 39.2%

Agricultural Products:
bananas, coffee, citrus, corn, African palm, beef, timber, shrimp, tilapia, lobster

Information from CIA's World Factbook

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