Juraguá, a banana emporium that revives in the province of Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos, Oct 21 - Banana is the leading crop of the Juraguá agricultural pole, in the province of Cienfuegos, which is revived with the effort of men and women, clinging to planting all the areas of this integral unit before the end of the next November.

Ariel González Rodríguez, head of area eight in that integral agri-food unit, assured the Cuban News Agency that they planted at different times in order to have well-staggered plantations, to obtain production every month for municipal self-sufficiency.

The sealed plantain fields attest to the dedicated work of those farmers, as well as the developing cassava varieties, of which they forecast high yields per hectare.

Rolando Pérez Ramos, director of the Horquita agricultural company, to which Juraguá is now subordinate, added that in order to achieve 100 percent of the areas of Juraguá sealed for planting in November, they have machinery, fuel and workforce to undertake these chores.

He assured that they have 18 irrigation machines, and will receive another 10, for this they undertake a hydraulic investment, the first part of which should conclude on October 30, and will allow them to reach the dry period in better conditions.

He indicated that a second stage concludes in December, and includes regulators and the total renovation of the conduit, which will have the potential to irrigate 611 hectares (ha).

The objective is to reach 1,200 ha under irrigation, out of the 2,500 existing in the integral unit, located in the municipality of Abreu.

According to the manager in that agricultural area there are two complex issues: the salinity of the soils in the southern development area, and the existence of stony soils.

In addition to bananas, they plan to work other elite crops such as cassava, tomato and bomb fruit, which grow better in the red fields of that town.

They already have about 1,300 hectares cleared in the unit and are developing a compact banana area to reach 70 caballerias in the San Rafael lot.

Likewise, in the Hondones area they grow on 300 ha to obtain animal feed for the pig mass.

And in the middle of banana groves and other crops, a mini-industry processes part of the crops in the diversification of the assortments.

With the ordering task, the farmers there have the benefit of working linked to the results of the work and receiving payment for profits.

In 1966, plantain cultivation began in Juraguá, and reached the highest productions and yields between the decades from 1970 to 1990 of the last century, when the plantations grew under localized irrigation techniques, or by drip system.

Pérez Ramos considers that Juraguá has many possibilities of reaching 25 thousand tons of food in 2021, which goes not only to the community and the municipality, there is also a commitment with a part of the population of Cienfuegos and the Cuban capital. (ACN)


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