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Agroecology opens new spaces for potato crops in Cuba

Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Producing in small areas for local self-sufficiency with the use of biological means, in a crop as demanding as potato, is now possible in the municipality of La Sierpe, in this central Cuban province.

This was confirmed in an interview with Prensa Latina by Juan Nazco Montagne, chief specialist of various crops of the Empresa Agroindustrial de Granos Sur del Jibaro, who added that this is a crop that contributes to the municipal self-sufficiency policy.

“We planted 1.55 hectares of agroecological potato, with a yield of 16 tons per hectare, based on the use of alternative means of organic fertilization, which we consider acceptable as it is an unusual plantation in the region,” he said.

This guaranteed some six pounds per capita of potato to the population of the municipality -about 16,000 inhabitants-, he said.

We expect to plant up to 2.5 hectares in the next harvest, if we are guaranteed the seeds, which are imported, to continue to advance in the production of potatoes with the use of several biological means, including organic matter, the expert added.

In this case, we plan to use cow manure which we will mix with cachaça, he said.

We also use lime, which provides calcium, disinfects and prevents the proliferation of fungi, Nazco added.

Potato has a 90-day cycle, it is a very precocious plant and can give high yields, the expert pointed out.


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