Heavy Rains Cause Havoc in Cuban Rice Plantations

Pinar del Rio, Cuba, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Flooding caused by heavy rains has damaged rice plantations in the eastern Cuban province of Pinar del Rio, regarded as critical right now, said experts from the local enterprise EAIG from the town of Los Palacios, the 3rd most important rice production company in Cuba.

Fields flooded with water and complete cultivation areas are the result of continuous rains registered in this Cuban province, intensified after the path of subtropical storm Alberto.

A total of 8,240 tons of rice are in a frank stage of ripening and a similar number is getting close to the moment to be harvested, in a moment in which the rains admit the access of harvesting machines to the cultivation area.

Cuban rice expert Jorge Felix Chamizo, director for EAIG, said the plants inserted or scheduled in the springtime and the works for desinfection are suspended.

The conservation of nine thousand tons of dry peel rice that, in metal silos, await processing, and is also a worrying aspect.

These facilities, with many years of exploitation, do not have the necessary requirements for the protection of the cereal, says Ariel Garcia, director of agricultural production.

EAIG is still taking measures that may revert the situation and minimize the effects as much as possible.

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