Sharp Drop in Cuba's Farm Production
May 15, 2010
HAVANA TIMES, May 15 – Agricultural production reported strong decreases
in the first quarter of this year as compared to 2009 in key food
products in Cuba, according to a report by the National Office of
Statistics (ONE). While the collection of tubers in general increased
4.5 per cent and rice, essential in the island's diet, the production of
beans and vegetables fell by 40.5 and 35.1 per cent, respectively.
Moreover, citrus fruit decreased 21.6 per cent, reported IPS.
Cuba's Small Farmer's Organization (ANAP) is currently holding its Tenth
Congress in the Cuban capital. Confronting the production challenges
facing the country is among the key issues being discussed. ANAP
represents cooperatives and individual family farmers."