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Cuban Vice President checks  in Camagüey  program of self-sufficiency and food sovereignty



Camagüey, jan 16.- The Vice President of the Republic of Cuba, Salvador Valdés Mesa, called in Camagüey to develop agriculture as an economic base for the municipalities to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants, as well as to optimize the contracting mechanisms for that the productions of the field reach the state points of sale.

In checking the self-sufficiency and food sovereignty program, the member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party, assured that in marketing, intermediaries must be eliminated to benefit the producer and also the people, because although hiring has been made more flexible, there are still many illegalities , and in that sense, the State cannot lose its regulatory role to protect the population, and that the man at the foot of the furrow has his profits.

This program, he said, is articulated in the municipalities and the necessary autonomy that has been granted to them, and for that reason he inquired about the prospects in Esmeralda and Minas, territories that together with the rest are far from satisfying food needs, and where it is necessary revive life to regain workforce, which in many places has been lost.

In this regard, he highlighted the role of the Mayor as an administrative figure of the demarcations that has to exercise control, and invited them to increase their preparation in areas such as Law and the Economy, since several processes, such as planning itself, have been decentralized, and the base has been given prominence.

Elbys Pérez Olivera, delegate of the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG) in the province, said that at the end of December in Camagüey more than eight thousand tons of viands, vegetables, grains and fruit trees were commercialized, which represents 24 pounds per capita of 30 that are planned. However, Valdés Mesa indicated to increase control, since the figures are far from reality in markets and squares, which is where compliance with the plan is really verified.

The Vice President urged the planting of crops such as taro and yam, which have practically disappeared from the grooves, and it is, above all, a cultural problem, since there are conditions for planting.

At the same time, he considered determining what is obtained in urban and suburban agriculture, and in family yards and plots, and added that companies and productive centers will have to produce extensively, using mechanization and with high levels of yields. and productivity, for which it is essential to apply the autonomy given to entities to decide templates, forms of payment and other issues that affect the results.

Regarding the march of the sugar harvest, the Cuban Vice President learned that to date only more than 10,000 metric tons of crude have been manufactured, which represents a little less than half of what should have been obtained, and in that sense He ratified that it is decisive for the economy to comply with the provisions, especially at times when income-generating areas, such as tourism, receive the negative incidents of Covid-19.

He urged to pay attention to the areas of Panama and the Battle of the Guásimas, sugar factories par excellence, where high yields can be achieved if fresh cane reaches the joggers, and called for greater discipline in the cutting squads and achieving high grinds in the mills, because with the low parameters that have been shown, it is impossible to stabilize production.

It is not possible to work in terms of overcoming a crisis, but so that what is done is sustainable, because the aggressive policy and the economic siege of the United States government persist; therefore, we must look for the development, he reflected.

Regarding the Ordering Task, Valdés Mesa referred to the multiple concerns that have arisen around it, and which are given attention and follow-up; He reiterated that, although it does not solve all problems, it does create conditions for development.

He assured that it is up to the administrators and leaders to clarify and guide workers about the impact of this process on their entities, and report issues such as salary, profits, the cost of the workers' dining room and other issues that may generate concern.

In the meeting with the Cuban Vice President, Ariel Santana Santiesteban, first secretary of the Communist Party in Camagüey, Yoseily Góngora López, governor, Idael Pérez, first vice minister of MINAG, and other representatives of that ministry and Azcuba participated. (Text, audio and photo: Juan Mendoza Medina / Radio Cadena Agramonte)