Agriculture aims to increase exports

With the premise of contributing to the development of the economy and promoting an increase in the lines of export, the Delegation of Agriculture in the province applies initiatives that respond to this national need.

Las Tunas, Cuba - According to what the delegate of Agriculture Omar Yoel Pérez López informed to provincial media, the production of habanero peppers, coming from the La Siguaraya protected crops farm and varieties of beans, like the caupi, are new lines that could be exported. These, besides the production of honey, tobacco and charcoal, are priorities in the territory.

In that sense, as constant projections of the sector, there is not only the commercialization of these productions but also the planting of beans and corn. These are basic crops that will guarantee the substitution of imports and the start of the new plant of benefit, drying and packing of grains that is executed as part of the investments in agriculture and has the goal to process near 60 tons daily.

In addition to this plant, investments are being made in other agricultural areas such as the installation of new irrigation systems in production poles, improving poultry production with the completion of three ships on the José Mastrapa farm. Besides, it is important to mention the expansion of El Bleo Integral Pig Breeding Center and the start-up of a feed factory next year, which is essential to guarantee animal feed.

Among the projections of the Agriculture for the present stage, the fulfillment of the campaign of sowing of various crops and the hiring of the products for 2020 stand out, because by the closing of December it was possible to reach only an average of 22.8 pounds per capita. The municipalities of Las Tunas, Majibacoa and Manatí were below the provincial middling.

In relation to agreements, Pérez López said the total production planned for 2020 of various crops is 166,890 tons, of which only 90,014.6 tons have been hired so far, for 54 percent of total production.

The agricultural workers from Las Tunas will direct their actions towards greater production of cassava. This is a section that is not fulfilled at the moment and it is necessary to recover since it is food for the people and the animals. Moreover, it constitutes an efficient extender to make flour and to replace to a great extent the wheat import.

In these times of scarcity of fertilizers and fuel, to appeal even more to all possible alternatives in order to achieve high yields in the plantations, the use of different means to till the land and the use of several methods to cultivate, constitute priority lines to guarantee the food for the population.