Cuba: Food Closer to Home
8 de julio de 2020, 1:0
Por Roberto Salomón
Havana, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is prioritizing actions to achieve higher yields in food self-sufficiency at the municipal level and in the development of short-cycle crops, using the resources available to meet the needs of the people, amid the complex national situation caused by the Covid-19 threat and the tightening of the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States.
The Urban, Suburban and Family Agriculture program is a strength at present, at a time when citizens are asked to move as little as possible in order to cut the chain of contagion of the novel coronavirus.
About the emergency to continue to make better use of the potentialities of this initiative, the national director of the project, Dr. Elizabeth Peña, told Cuba Internacional that all 19 subprograms (five on crops, three on animal raising and 11 for support) involve half a million people, 31 percent of whom are women and 26 percent are youths.
Regarding fresh vegetables and condiments, Peña noted that at the end of November 2019, 1,277,517 tons of food had been produced in organoponics, intensive gardens, semiprotected crops and technical farms.
Meanwhile, she noted, achievements have been made in the objective of reaching an hectare per every 1,000 inhabitants to produce vegetables and sell food directly in the community.
At present, she said, 6,588 hectares are in production, accounting for six square meters (m2) per person, an area that was certified by Empresa de Ingeniería y Proyectos Agropecuarios, and by the end of this year, the plan is to have 8,320 hectares (7.4 square meters per capita).
The expert highlighted the validity of this program, which contributes to food security and sovereignty.
It is an extensionist movement with a broad productive scenario based on local sustainability and the direct participation of producers in commercialization, she pointed out.
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