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Cuba seeks to increase food production

Cuba seeks to increase food production

Havana, Apr 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuba on Thursday is boosting food production based on the implementation of a package of 63 measures recently approved by the Government, 30 of which are considered a priority and others are of immediate implementation.
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The measures include aspects related to the prices of supplies and of some agricultural products, the hiring of the workforce, commercialization, promotion of local development projects, the implementation of financial measures and tax payments.

‘Producing food is a major task and relies on everybody’s contribution to ensure the country’s food security,’ Deputy Prime Minister Jorge Luis Tapia said on the Mesa Redonda (Round Table) TV program on Wednesday.

‘Our main goal is to be able to produce food by our own means,’ he said.

Some of the measures taken to boost agricultural development aim to facilitate food commercialization and remove intermediaries, Minister of Agriculture Ydael Jesus Perez said on the program.

According to Minister of Finances and Prices Meisi Bolaños, the decisions seek to favor the costs of farmers and food production, which have an impact on the state budget for it takes on all the differences resulting from price and tariff reductions for this sector.

If the country has a hard currency deficit, limitations on the import of resources, suplies and bioproducts due to the serious financial problems caused by the US blockade, then we must boost the use of national, scientific and innovative products, the minister said.

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