By Rolando Sarmiento Ricart / Collaborator to Radio Cadena Agramonte.
Farmers oriented to the growing of the sugarcane should sow and have their plantations rehabilitated on May 17th, on occasion of the 50th anniversary of Cuba’s National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP).
The inappropriate attention of the fields and the adverse effects of the climate change have contributed to the shortage of the sweet plant on the furrows. So, Camagüey province needs to be more efficient and maintain the synchronization between the cutting and the industrial process in the forthcoming harvest.
However, many specialists agree that this year is marked by a recovery of the sugarcane on the fields. On this regard, the president of the ANAP Orlando Lugo Fonte expresses his viewpoints:
“The situation is favorable: We have had fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides … the best of the world. We have not lacked fuel for the attention to the cane plantations and now, the State will pay more to the private producers, a crop that would be very profitable for the sugarcane growers.
“This is going to be a complex cane-cutting season, but Camagüey is working to meet the plans and rehabilitate the areas with low agricultural outputs”.
The head of the Cuban small farmers, added that whenever he visits this province to encourage the ANAP members to produce more cow milk, meat or eggs...they have never disappointed him.
“This time is the same. In two occasions Camagüey produced over one million metric tons of sugar, and the contribution of these same producers was fundamental”, he stated.
In Cuba, some 350,000 people have been benefited by the Decree Law 259 which provides the handing over of idle lands. In Camagüey approximately 10, 000 have received the lands in free usufruct. How many of them are producing sugarcane?
“When the granting of land plots in free usufruct began, the cane did not have the financial stimulus that it has today and most of the farmers decided to raise cattle, grow rice and of other crops… but a few of them bet on sowing sugarcane.
“Everything is changing now, in this Cuban central province there are more than 4,000 hectares sowed with cane.”
Lugo Fonte insisted on the fact that the next step should be delivering new idle lands to areas owned by sugarcane mills and explained that the closeness of the fields with the industrial facilities are the key to succeed.
“In the same way the Suburban Agriculture in Camaguey is vital to supply the city’s inhabitants with food, the canes that are sown near the sugar manufacturing plants will be useful for keeping the industry provided with fresh raw material and incurring in less expenses. Now there are plantations as far as 100 kilometers from the industry”.