Cuba Boosts Crop Diversification

Havana, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuba boosts the Urban, Suburban and Family Agriculture Program as a show of the country’s policy to encourage the diversification of crops for family self-sufficiency and the efficient use of soils.

Currently, the project is successfully proceeding, according to Elizabeth Peña, the national director of that movement.

Speaking to Granma newspaper, and after a tour made by all the municipalities of the country, the working group of that area confirmed that the production plan has been fulfilled 99 percent from February until early April in all territories except in the provinces Las Tunas, Holguín and Granma, said Peña.

With a fundamentally local approach, the program seeks to cover the demands of the inhabitants of the surrounding area through a varied assortment of vegetables.

Likewise, the project ensures the efficient and agroecological exploitation of soils in pursuit of family self-sufficiency, an ambition that for local authorities is a priority today, said Peña.

The representative of the World Food Program (WFP), Laura Melo, recently told the national press that Cuba is at the forefront among the countries in the efforts to achieve food security.

Similarly, the official acknowledged the government’s management in terms of designing public policies for social protection, despite the effects of the United States blockade over the country for more than five decades.

Melo praised Cuba’s efforts to maintain broad coverage to strengthen high-impact programs such as child maternal nutrition.

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