Authorities call on producers to recover rice cultivation

Authorities call on producers to recover rice cultivation

HAVANA, March 10. Amid the food crisis that Cuba is currently experiencing, the authorities maintain their desire to “boost” production and recovery of some vital products for the consumption of Cubans.Such is the case of rice, one of the most consumed foods on the island and whose distribution as part of the basic basket has generally been affected by some difficulties in importing it.

Regarding this crop, the president of the National Assembly of People’s Power, Esteban Lazo, called on the producers of the province of Sancti Spíritus to “place themselves at the forefront of recovery.”

According to a report from the state agency Prensa Latina (PL), Lazo met with authorities of that province, specifically with managers and workers of the Basic Cooperative Production Unit South of Jíbaro.

At the meeting, the head of the Cuban Parliament learned about the “deficiencies, lack of initiatives and more agile action linked to science and technology to increase the production of the main grain on the Cuban table.”

The leader emphasized the need to achieve greater production of cereal, with the objective of “preventing the country from having to dedicate large sums of foreign currency to guarantee the basic basket,” said PL.

Once again, Lazo insisted that “the revolution needs production from our resources, local initiatives and projects to guarantee cereal to feed the people, for the self-sufficiency of the province and the country.”

For his part, the general director of Sur del Jíbaro, Osmel Otero, acknowledged that production is “depressed,” although the state entity has “excellent lands, trained personnel and sufficient resources to grow.”

The island government maintains its hopes of “achieving better productive and economic results,” for which they indicate that “greater integration of science and technology” is necessary.

The objective of this purpose is, as they have said, “to achieve development that allows us to satisfy national needs and export.”

Despite these indications from the managers, the island’s rice production continues to be one of the most damaged by inclement weather, a shortage of technology and a lack of producers, among other factors.

In addition, the highly demanded food continues to suffer delays in its delivery to warehouses and reductions in the quantities received by the country’s inhabitants.

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At the end of February, state media indicated the arrival of a large ship at the port of Havana loaded with 30 thousand tons of rice that would be reshipped and distributed in several provinces.

After unloading part of the rice in the capital’s port, the ship moved to Nuevitas, in Camagüey, where it should have left about 11 thousand tons of grain to supply several provinces in the region. Likewise, other smaller vessels would ensure the transfer of rice to other territories.

All this happened amid criticism from the population, who despite this information offered by the state press, maintain that the product does not arrive at the warehouses on the indicated dates. Meanwhile, on the black market, its sale reaches prices that are unaffordable for their pockets.

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