Camagüey, April 3. - The installation of a powdered milk processing plant which is being built in Camagüey thanks to a cooperation agreement between Cuba and the People's Republic of China has received a noticeable boost and should end in June this year.
This was made known during the recent visit H.E. Mr Zhang Tuo, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Cuba, paid to this province. Then, the diplomat praised the potentials of Camagüey province in the fields of food production and farming.
Considered to be the largest investment which Cuba carries out today in the food production sector; the construction of the powdered milk processing plant in Camagüey, which is around $16 million dollars, has reached the 86 % of its time-frame.
According to Alexis Bejerano Castillo, head of investment at this plant, the Chinese engineers will soon test the plant’s two lines of productions, the automated filling system and its boilers.
The construction works are expected to be over by mid-April, and it is worth to mention the completion of its cooling and drying towers.
Among the most ambitious works at this facility, we have to mention its freezers, the pipe network and its pasteurizing system.
The plant, which is one of its kind in Cuba, is equipped with cutting-edge technology, and it has a production capacity which will allow to process 60,000 liters of milk each day.
It is believed that once this new plant starts up, this will be in position of producing nearly 2,300 metric tons of skimmed milk powder for national consumption.
The factory will also manufacture more than 2,000 metric tons of butter.
In order to ensure the raw materials that this plant will need, a program for the recovery of dairy farms is underway in Camagüey. Repairing roads, planting pasture and foraging crops and renewing milking parlors and other facilities have been some of the steps already taken.
With the building up of this plant in the largest milk producing province of Cuba, the country retakes an old project which dates back to the 1990s, which could not be done because of limitations imposed by the special period following the fall of the Soviet Union. (Alex López Almaguer/ Radio Cadena Agramonte).