The land is our fundamental resource

In the midst of the complex economic panorama that the nation is experiencing, the municipal self-sufficiency program in the province of Las Tunas constitutes a top priority task, which increasingly requires greater efforts from those who “carry on their backs” the enormous responsibility of producing food.

Although until the end of May an average of 30.9 pounds of grains, fruits, root vegetables and vegetables were delivered to the inhabitants of the territory, it still does not satisfy the demand. A reality that was exposed in the exchange between Salvador Valdés Mesa, Cuban vice president, with political and governmental authorities of the province, leaders of the agricultural sector and those in charge of the activity in the Ministry of Agriculture.

During the meeting, the leader referred to the importance of the Food Sovereignty Law, approved in the last session of the National Assembly of People’s Power, which favors the development of productive capacities based on the application of science and technology.

The also member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba insisted that the land is the fundamental resource to increase production, and it is within reach. The current situation, he said, requires the planting of new areas, especially now that yields have decreased due to the shortage of herbicides, fertilizers, pesticides, and technological packages.

Valdés Mesa recognized that the province is advancing from one planting campaign to another. However, there is little growth in hectares, so he urges adding the idle or insufficiently exploited areas, and making better use of the available ones.

In this regard, he directed a superior use of the areas under irrigation, conform the productive systems of the municipalities and strengthen the raising of poultry, pigs, rabbits… to ensure animal protein.

At the meeting, the local strategy for planting campaigns until the end of 2023 was presented, mainly for bananas, sweet potatoes, and cassava, which is an excellent substitute for wheat to obtain flour.

The challenge is immense, but achievable to the extent that agricultural companies assume their commitments, increase control of the land and consolidate the program of livestock modules.

Photo: Reynaldo Lopez

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