By Raysa Mestril Gutiérrez / Radio Cadena Agramonte
Manuel Pérez Hernández is an outstanding small farmer who, clung to the familiar customs, can be seen from dawn to dusk among lettuces, carrots, beets, radishes and other vegetables that he raises in the “Los Pérez” garden, owned and managed by the cooperative farm Renato Guitart in the outskirts of Camaguey, Cuba's third-largest city.
This hard-working man confesses that he remembers the image of his grandfather and his father bent on the vegetable beds making use of the kindness of the land, hence the wise advise that “the one who does not work see no results” comes to mind, a formula that has also become a duty for more than 150 associates of the Renato Guitart farm, an example that should be followed by others throughout the island nation.
And although Manuel prefers to raise vegetables, he also gets involved in other agricultural projects, for instance, the production of banana, sweet potato, manioc, fruit trees and the breeding of farm animals, in a peri-urban area that will yield soon a considerable amount of food for the people, although some produces harvested there are already sold in outlets near those farms.
Manuel Pérez's work is not isolated, his efforts are backed up by the sweat of a group of farmers that, in spite of considerable damages left by two powerful hurricane in 2008, they were able to produce more than 9 200 tonnes of vegetable, fruits and grains last year, and sold large amount of pork, beef and sheep to the State.
These are sufficient reasons so that Manuel Pérez could end up elected as a direct delegate representing Camaguey in the 10th Congress of the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP), to be held next May. For him this new responsibility is another commitment with the Revolution, for which he continue giving the best in such a strategic field of the domestic economy. (Translated by Gualveris Rosales Sanchez )