Cuba promotes new urban agriculture crops
Matanzas (west) will begin to plant the water jicama, a tuber that is a source of food for pigs
Havana, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will begin this year to promote new crops in the environment of urban agriculture program, said researcher Adolfo Rodriguez, head of national group that directs the production management in the Ministry of Industry.
The public official said that among the innovations planned for 2012 include the introduction of the variety of pepper known as Tropical CW-3, suitable for export and tourism industry.
Urban farmers in the provinces of Cienfuegos and Villa Clara (center), Holguín (east), and Matanzas (west) will begin to plant the water jicama, a tuber that is a source of food for pigs, especially prepared as yogurt, and while improving the soil.
During the analysis the work of the agricultural industry in 2011, the director of the Institute of Fundamental Research in Tropical Agriculture said that on the island they will organize the cultivation of strawberries in terms of organic farms (beds) semi-protected (shaded regulated).
He also announced the training of over 110 000 farmers in areas such as agro-ecological pest management, organic fertilizers, animal food and seed.
With its origins in late 1987 as an initiative of Cuban President Raul Castro, the urban agriculture program, which added that of the suburban in 2008, brought in last year over one million tons of vegetables, fruits and condiments.
These crops were grown in an area of ??about nine thousand acres, which plans to extend to 10 000 in the coming months.
This was known to be held in the central-southern province of Cienfuegos meeting productive analysis of the results of the program in 2011, one of seven developed by the Ministry of Agriculture in the Greater Antilles.