Habana’s Agriculture, Although Booming Does not Stand Idly
The leadership of the Party in the country and in the capital insist that there are still many potentialities to be exploited, in order to achieve a greater production
Carlos Heredia Reyes
Havana’s agriculture is probably booming based on the results achieved so far this year, especially after closing the first trimester with an upward trend.
For example, Boyeros and Arroyo Naranjo were located among the top 10 municipalities of suburban agriculture in the country, while Cerro leads the outstanding 12 with urban agriculture only, but nonetheless these and other advances there are still many potentialities to be exploited, in order to achieve a greater production.
Recently at the Meeting of Representatives of Havana’s Productive Forms, attended by second secretary of the Central Committee of Cuba’s Communist Party (CCP) and vice-president of the Councils of Ministers José Ramón Machado Ventura, in a plenary session of the Party’s Provincial Committee, the problems that still hamper the increase and diversification of food production were discussed.
In addition to the support Havana receives from nearby territories such as Mayabeque and Artemisa, the farmers, cooperatives and the entities of Agriculture are called to have a greater impact on the market, educational and welfare centers and tourist facilities with food , Vegetables, fruit, condiments and meat, as the State seeks to support them with a group of resources.
The plenary meeting revealed that, although discreet, these products are already visible in the the markets and occupy greater spaces in the tables of the city. However, member of the politburo and first secretary of the CCP Provincial Committee in the territory, Mercedes López Acea, referred to the need to rescue idle land, the use of technology and the availability of fresh produce and the off-season preserving.
The Vice-president of the Council of State also insisted on maximizing and expanding the capabilities of the mini- industry and called for maximum production and marketing organization with the purpose of normalizing the flow of of products with a greater variety in the markets and to avoid that poor management or disorganization leads to the lack of non-deficit products.
luckily, the current levels of sowing and harvesting achieved by agriculture in Mayabeque make it possible to improve supplies to the markets in the capital, according to officials and the National Small Farmers Association of that province in a meeting with the Havana Party leadership.
At the Provincial Meeting of Representatives of Productive Forms, Alexander Alfonso, a farmer from the Efraín Mayor cooperative in Guanabacoa, said that the relationship between producers and companies has improved; “There is greater willingness and readiness to work and we are testing stable irrigation systems and in open field to assess the resistance of crops in times of drought.”
In the Bacuranao Agribusiness Group, we are working on the recovery of fodder areas, in search of the food animals need, as explained by its director Esmeregildo Martínez Gámez, at the aforementioned meeting.
Machado Ventura asked the Havana producers to continue working to meet and exceed plans, without affecting quality in search of quantity, guaranteeing livestock feed and reducing the number of deaths, utilizing all the land, having more supplies, looking for more sales , achieving efficiency in irrigation and anticipating shortage of water.
We can not forget to organize and ensure the food collection, which brought us so many problems in the past,”Machado ventura said.
Translated by ESTI