Sancti Spíritus, Oct 12. -Cuba hopes to plant over 30 thousand hectares of tobacco in the campaign 2018-2019 starting in this central province, second largest producer of the leave, assured here specialists of the Tobacco Business Group (Tabacuba).
Gustavo Rodríguez Rollero, Minister of Agriculture, highlighted in the Credit and Services Cooperative “Alfredo Acosta”, of Taguasco, the efforts made by the farmers to overcome climate adversities and hopes to have a great harvest.
The tobacco need to have more plantations, quality and yield to comply with international and domestic targets, said Justo Luis Fuentes, president of Tabacuba. It was known that at present over 34 thousand tons of the leave have been contracted with producers, together with necessary resources to achieve the planned objectives for the year.
For his part, Rodríguez Rollero said that one of the strategies to advance in high quality tobacco campaigns is the introduction of new technologies as a measure to face climate change.
The Minister of Agriculture detailed that change is planned to conclude five years from now, traditional open-sky seedbeds, a measure to face impact of climate change.
While Sancti Spíritus farmers sow over three thousand 400 hectares of the leave, in order to harvest some four thousand 250 tons of the crop, tobacco farmers of the western provinces work to recover from impact of hurricane Michael in the beginning of the campaign. (Taken from Prensa Latina)