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Cuba promotes new urban agriculture crops


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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.

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2 comments

1 patricia sky { 02.11.12 at 2:24 am }

This reads a bit like a government promotional article written by someone who doesn’t know what it means, and it raises some questions. For example, what IS the pepper known as Tropical CW-3? Are they promoting GMO crops now? Almost any Pepper will be happy growing in the Cuban tropic environment, and most Cubans would be happy to have peppers to eat if they could get them, so what do they mean “suitable for export and tourism industry” ? I am aware that people in Cuba do not have enough food, people related to me by marriage, and their neighbours in suburban Havana. Also, Raoul Castro was not President in 1987… How could he initiate this in 1987 as president?

2 seedy { 02.11.12 at 10:00 am }

Hi Patricia,
This article probably is a government promotional article and although the translation and editing were not very good I don’t think your criticism is cause for concern.
It is not very likely that they are growing a GM pepper. More likely it’s a Cuban developed bell pepper hybrid that ships well and looks nice – but not necessarily tastes good.

As far as export goes all countries export products that would be useful to the citizens of the exporting countries. ALL developing countries with food insecure populations export food in order to gain access to foreign currency which allows them to purchase or trade outside of the country. This is one of the reasons that food in developed countries is so cheap, we import much of our fruit and vegetables from poor nations for low low prices.

While I have no love for Castro and his authoritarian control over the country, one has to compare the health of the population with that of other Caribbean and Central American nations to see that despite the embargo most Cubans are not doing too badly. Without the embargo (a shameful and childish bit of U.S. foreign policy) It’s arguable that Cubans would have a standard of living higher than almost all other nations in the region.