Cuba: Forestry workers planting fruit species

Cuban forestry workers are planting fruit species that favor the environment, agricultural production, and feed the population.

Wilfredo Arrequi, head of the Forestry Department of the Agroforestal Business Group, told the Cuban News Agency that the new farmers engaged in fruit production had an outstanding participation in this task.

Arrequi said that the most planted fruit plants on the fringes of the national highway belt were: tamarind, sapodilla, mamey, mango, avocado, custard apple, and cashews.

It is a job that requires a lot of dedication, consistency in its control and care, so that future generations of Cubans have better living conditions and can live in harmony with nature.

We are working to increase reforestation in the areas that regulate water basins and where the country has an economic and social interest, he said.

The specialist spoke about the ideal selection of trees to plant in each location, an issue that should be considered due to the different soil and climatic factors that might affect their evolution and growth.

Cuba’s reforestation program, which has been developed over the last 50 years, has allowed the country to have forest areas in 29.9% of the national territory, according to official data.

The reforestation program is one of the state’s priorities to boost food production and develop biodiversity.

Each year, the world’s forest reserves decrease but Cuba is applying strategies that have allowed it to be among the nations with the largest forest growth in the past five years in Latin America.

Source: Cadena Agramonte

Fresh Plaza, April 6, 2016

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