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Project between Cuba and Italy contributes to productive development

Matanzas, Cuba, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Founded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), the CubaFruta project in the western province of Matanzas contributes to productive development to achieve food sovereignty.

According to website of the local station Radio 26 (, Project Manager Jose Perez commented that the essential idea of the program is to improve the supply of products such as avocado and pineapple for the domestic market and to contribute to reducing losses of crops and imports of inputs.

In the province, the municipalities of Colon, Calimete and Los Arabos are major important productive areas of pineapple, which is used for fresh and industrial consumption.

CubaFruta is expected to increase the capacity of cooperatives to produce, process and market fresh fruit on a sustainable basis, he said.

Perez stated that the program will have an approximate duration of 30 months, during which new crops will be introduced in demonstration plots with the producers as those in charge of assessing the behavior according to the conditions of the land in several municipalities of Matanzas.

According to information from the AICS institutional website, among the expected results of the project are strengthening local and national capacities to diagnose, project and strategically manage fruit production with a chain approach.

AICS is the public agency of the Government of the Italian Republic that is in charge of promoting international progress in accordance with the indications of the 2030 Agenda and the cooperation and development policy of the European Union.


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