Holguín on National Defense Day
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Rafael Freyre, Holguin. The development of the actions carried out in this municipality within the framework of National Defense Day demonstrated the importance attached to food production for the security of the country.
Thus, during the morning, in several productive areas, agricultural workers and groups of people integrated into support forces, mainly young people, participated in cultural attentions to plantain, corn and bean plantations.

This was appreciated by the chief of the Eastern Army, Major General Ricardo Riger Tejeda, and the president of the Provincial Defense Council, Ernesto Santiesteban Velázquez, members of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, who accompanied by other chiefs and officers of the FAR and the Minint and members of the Municipal Defense Council, visited the facilities of a Horticultural UEB that achieves high results in the production of vegetables.

The dialogue with the workers covered various topics, including the need to be granted real autonomy so that they directly market the products with the hotel facilities in the territory and can distribute the profits among the members of the collective in order to obtain higher income and avoid the exodus to other better paid jobs.

Likewise, the working group learned details of the operation of the Pig Multiplier Center for dark layer pigs, which has the task of guaranteeing breeders to pig farmers in the municipality and the province.

There, Reinaldo Pérez Santos, director of the establishment, specified that an important part of the food consumed by the animals is supplied by the usufructuaries that exploit the 20 hectares of land that surround the center. Likewise, he said, around the breeding shed they plant protein plants that are incorporated into the diet of the pigs.

Simultaneously in the Santa Lucía Defense Zone, a territorial defense exercise was carried out, illustrative of the capacity to ensure the vitality of combat actions, as is the case of the gastronomy food processing center in the municipal seat, which produces canned fruit, cassava croquettes, sweets made with cornmeal and other products.

Groups of the population were the main protagonists of very active episodes dedicated to the procedures of an Attention Area to ensure the reception and delivery of troops and the actions of the Civil Defense and the Health Subgroup during an air strike.

The President of the Provincial Defense Council, Ernesto Santiesteban Velázquez, and the head of the Eastern Army, Major General Ricardo Riger Tejeda, evaluated the actions. Photo: Juan Pablo Carreras Vidal
The territorial defense exercise carried out in the Santa Lucía Defense Zone was characterized by the quality of the actions carried out. Photo: Juan Pablo Carreras Vidal

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