Informacion economica sobre Cuba

Cuba Has More Than 33,000 Urban Farms

HAVANA – Cuba now has more than 33,000 urban and suburban farms, a

project the Communist-ruled island is promoting to increase sustainable

food production in an attempt to slash costly imports.

"Urban and suburban agriculture is here to stay," the president of the

Cuban Association of Agricultural and Forestry Technicians, Idalmis

Nazco, said at the inauguration of the 9th International Meeting of

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture in Havana.

Among the project's advantages, the specialist noted that since its

introduction more than 15 years ago, urban and suburban agriculture has

proved to be a movement toward sustainable production, with community

participation and the advantage of bringing the source of produce closer

to the consumer.

He said there are currently more than 33,000 urban and suburban plots

dedicated to growing fruit, vegetables and other edibles, according to

the Institute for Fundamental Research in Tropical Agriculture.

According to Nazco, this is an experience that has caught the interest

of growers and specialists in 22 countries including Canada, Brazil,

Colombia, Spain, France, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela and

the United States, all taking part in the meeting that will continue

until Thursday.

The delegates plan to visit farms, plots, patios and agricultural

cooperatives to have a direct exchange of information with the growers.

The revival of Cuban agriculture to increase food production is

considered a matter of "national security," with the goal of reducing

food imports, which last year topped $1.4 billion. EFE

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