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Positive national exchange of cane producers in Camagüey

Camagüey, 2 Nov. - The IX National Meeting of Cane Producers on its first day of work in this province evidenced the consensus of participants on the need to increase sugarcane crops for high yields.

Those attending the event visited production centers in the municipalities of Sibanicú, Vertientes, Florida and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, the latter exhibiting the third unit of attention to sugarcane producers with better agricultural yields in the country, even under drought, which gives anadditional value.

Sergio Guillén Sosa, general director of the National Sugarcane Research Institute, considered that in general the entity has made a leap on quality and the use of technique, even when there is yet much to do.

"In addition to using science, to rescue the cane you have to do things well and with a work demand ," he said.

Alexander Ramos Serrano, cane manager of the Sugar Company in Camagüey, said that the event allows to stimulate the exchange and transfer of experiences among elite producers, who total 60 and are responsible for 40% of the production nationwide, in addition to be a stimulus for what is done in the region, where 33 critical units are left today, 19 of them show great progress.

Among the entities visited are the Basic Units of Cooperative Production (UBPC) Los Pinos and Nassau, in the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes municipality. Gustavo Díaz Cepero, administrator of the first one, explained the advantages offered by the two winder systems and the three central pivot machines for irrigation, supporting on a nearby reservoir, and confirmed that the most important thing is to plant all certified seeds.

Meanwhile, Osmany Molina, administrator of the UBPC Nassau, recalled that just a year ago the 156 hectares that today average 90 tons of cane were infested with marabou, which they managed to eliminate with the application of chemicals, buldoceo and veneer. Attendants from other provinces who shared their experiences with Radio Cadena Agramonte include Yoel Beruvides, from the Alexander Stamboliski Agricultural Production Cooperative, in Calimete, Matanzas, where they have reached up to 92 tons per hectare and, according to him, quality is key to obtain harvest good sugarcane, which allows about seven cuts.

Meanwhile, Elsa Silvia Rodríguez Morales, vice president of the José Martí Credit and Services Cooperative (CCS), also in Calimete, proudly explained that this year they achieved 74 tons per hectare, thanks to  joint work and constant visits to producers.

He said that this tour of Camaguey units allows them to see what others do and incorporate worthwhile practices.

Israel Martínez, president of the CCS Flores Betancourt in Artemisa, said that it is imperative, first, to guarantee food for peasants and those linked to this area, and then extend the food supply to the population, from contracting with the State, without neglecting sugarcane derivatives, such as honey, for animalm feeding.(Text and photos: Juan Mendoza Medina / Radio Cadena Agramonte.)