Monday, 13 May 2019 09:33

Grass and Fodder Sowing Campaign in Full Swing in Cuban Municipality

Written by Yaidel M. Rodríguez Castro - Radio Cabaniguán
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Grass and Fodder Sowing Campaign in Full Swing in Cuban Municipality Photo: Radio Cabaniguán

The preparation of lands for the sowing of pastures and fodder and the adoption of a series of measures to prepare, from now on, for the next stage of drought, is a topic of analysis and monitoring in Jobabo, a municipality that was again intensely affected for the lack of water and food in almost three quarters of the livestock farms.

 

Jobabo, Las Tunas.- Although the conditions do not become as complex as five or six years ago, due to the regularization of the management of cattle; most of the ranchers do not complete the food base with nutritious pastures and fodder, nor plant enough sugarcane in correspondence with the herd size, their reserves usually last for one or two months, or limiting the portions of the food block.

The irregularity in the distribution of rainfall and the non-recovery of the ground water still affect not only that pastures do not recover strength in a uniform manner throughout the municipality; cattle farms that are in nearby areas such as the Reynaldo Rodríguez agricultural cooperative and the Rafael Trejo credit and services cooperative, have a totally different situation regarding the state of the livestock, especially milking cows.
The State sector, which was previously the most prone to impoverishment, although it remains a negative focus on inadequate management of herbs, has better conditions in terms of food guarantee, with a variety of nutritious plants; unlike cooperatives, where everything depends on the ranchers, still not aware of the fact that natural pastures offer no guarantees.

The two cooperatives that are purely cattle ranches and the largest producers of milk and meat, "Jorge Aleaga" and "Adriano Nieves," qualify today as the focus of food instability and problems with cattle management; and they are, at the same time, those located in the driest areas of Jobabo.

For the first semester of 2019, already in course, it is expected to reverse the situation, sowing from 40 to 50 percent more pastures and fodder than what were planted in the last three years; the priority of plants with nutritious wealth is highlighted, but those that offer guarantee of rapid growth and resistance to the instability of the rains.

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