Havana, May 20 - The Local Self-Supply Project for Sustainable and Healthy Food (ALASS) will support, with 1.5 million euros from its budget, municipalities in the Cuban provinces of Villa Clara and Sancti Spíritus that seek to increase availability of locally produced food to deal with the damage caused by COVID-19.
According to a press release from the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG), an organization that, together with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), implements this project by the European Union (EU), the main objective is to contribute to the agricultural recovery of those municipalities and that their inhabitants, hospitals and isolation centers are supplied with quality food.
Thanks to this support, local productions of seed and animal feed in the central region of the country will be promoted.
With the collaboration of the ALASS project, it is estimated that producers from more than 60 cooperatives receive inputs and small machinery to promote short-cycle productions (meats, vegetables, fruits, and legumes) and minor livestock.
According to the text, a contribution of one hundred thousand euros with funds from the EU and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation is also earmarked for this work, for the acquisition of means of protection and disinfection.
The note refers that the financial contribution of both projects (Agrocadenas and ALASS) to face affectations of COVID-19 in Cuba, is part of the MINAG cooperation fundraising strategy to immediately support local food production.
According to the press release, Alberto Navarro, EU ambassador to Cuba, stated that despite the serious health and economic crisis, existing funds are being adapted and the search for additional funds is continuing to cooperate with the Caribbean nation in these difficult times. (ACN)