Cuba's Coffee, Cocoa and Coconut Productions on the rise
HAVANA, Apr 27th  (PL) Production of coffee, cocoa and coconut is currently booming in the country”s forest agriculture, as part of economic development and recovery plans.

The Director of Coffee, Cocoa and Coconut of the Agroforestry Business Group (GAF), Elexis Legra, said Saturday his company collected 8,100 tons (tn) of green coffee the previous year and achieved 8,220 tn for 100 percent fulfillment.

He added this area grew 22 percent over the previous year, and was the highest production in the most recent 10 years.

He added such data ratifies 2018 as the start of the coffee recovery in Cuba.

The 2019 plan is 9,000 tons of green coffee and there are all the means to fulfill them. The plan’s proposal for 2020 is 10,000 tons, and they continue to grow.

Legra pointed out that they have a Development Program until 2030 aimed at reaching in that period a collection of 30,000 tons of the crop, when the record was 60,000.

For these purposes, there is the Cuba-Vietnam Project, which is part of the financing sources for crop development.

These sources are the Prodecafe project covering 27 companies from the eastern region and the one addressed with the French Development Agency for four companies from the centre-west.

There are also other projects of the Italian Cooperation Agency which uses new technologies in the eastern provinces or structures with the OXFAM Italia project.

In Cocoa, the collection in 2018 was 846 tons to 1,112.5 tons with 132 percent increase.

This is the first recovery year after the effects of Hurricane Mathew, which affected 90 percent of the plantations in the eastern region of Baracoa.

For the Coconut Program, in Baracoa (affected in 95 percent of plantations for the same reason) they planted 3,100 hectares in 2018, out of a plan of 2,500.

The GAF presented a National Coconut Production Program to the Ministry of Agriculture in October 2017, which includes all of the country’s territories. In 2018, around 3,120 hectares were planted, as well as 5,237 hectares already existing on the island.