United Nations and Canada invest six million dollars in local fruit production

HAVANA, Nov. 12 (Cibercuba) Representatives of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Embassy of Canada in Havana and the Ministry of Agriculture (Minag) of the Island signed a collaboration project, worth six million dollars, to strengthen the chain of fruit trees locally, reported Juventud Rebelde.

The new plan – which could achieve an increase of between 15 and 30 percent of the production of guava, mango and fruit pump – will be launched in five municipalities belonging to Artemisa and Santiago de Cuba.

The development of this project would also contribute to raising the living standards of the rural communities in which it is implemented and about 80 companies would have rewards.

According to Soledad Bauzá, deputy resident representative of the UNDP on the Island, it is intended to introduce new technological bases, patterns of use of productive factors and management models and organization of production.

For her part, the Minister of Cooperation of the Embassy of Canada, Hilary Syme, said that this work includes the Palma project, in four Cuban provinces, whose purpose is to implement a new management form in more than 300 cooperatives in 37 municipalities.

Cuba imports between 60 and 70 percent of the food it consumes at an approximate cost of 2,000 million dollars per year, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics. Last October, the Government of the Island also announced that food production had stagnated in the first half of 2017.

Although the report clarifies that fruit production improved with the exception of citrus fruits. However, many Cubans complain about the bureaucratic procedures that producers must face in order to market their products.

In June of this year, for example, thousands of tons of rotten mango were reported in the eastern provinces due to mismanagement by the country’s collection entities.