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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Cuban government evaluates strategies for food independence

Havana, Jul 11.- The President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, held this Friday at the Palace of the Revolution a new meeting with scientists and experts from prestigious Cuban institutions, linked to issues of food independence.

Many times we reduce the debates only to food production, he considered, without covering other processes that also intervene, such as "the introduction of scientific results, problems in marketing and distribution, affordable consumption, nutrition, good habits and , in the end, the implication of food and nutrition in the health of our people ”.

At this working meeting - the second since it was decided to extend the same system used to face the Covid-19 epidemic to food production from science - the Head of State summarized the two essential contributions that have emerged from these first exchanges with the scientific community: the design of policies and legal norms for agricultural extension and also for bioproducts. This must be started immediately, he indicated, with the support of lawyers from the beginning.

Precisely at the appointment this Friday - in which the Vice President of the Republic, Salvador Valdés Mesa, and the Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero Cruz participated - the subject under discussion was the Program of Bioproducts for Agricultural Use in Cuba, a matter that is recovering vital importance in the midst of the economic tensions that the nation is experiencing, when the habitual import of fertilizers and pesticides becomes difficult.

The director general of the Soil Institute , Agustín Gómez Jorrín explained that in order to meet the current needs of Cuban agriculture, the program has been conceived in three phases: the first comprises the efficient use of available functional capacities; the second, the recovery of installed capacities and the creation of new ones; and the third, the comprehensive operation of everything designed.

In the interesting exchange of scientists and experts, new experiences were raised with the use of biofertilizers, biostimulants and biopesticides, for example, in the Experimental Station of Pastures and Forages "Indio Hatuey", in Matanzas; as well as the link between universities and companies; the sustainability of this program beyond economic circumstances; the direct participation of producers and their training; and the preventive application of bioproducts.

(Presidency Cuba) (Photo: Revolution Studies)