SANTIAGO DE CUBA. - The use of idle land in rice production, a main part of
Cuban’s diet, is a reality in the province of Santiago de Cuba, as part of the necessary boost in the food sector.
Eduardo Carranza, usufructuary from the El Caney village, told ACN news agency that he had planted about some acres of the M-10 variety, resistant to pests and diseases, and an equal amount of acres are ready to grow. This variety has reported acceptable production yields.
This alternative is tested in the municipalities of Palma Soriano, Contramaestre and San Luis, as well as in towns around the province’s main city.
Carrazana said that in this territory the rice crops can be developed further, given the hot conditions in their soils, ideal for planting, although its few flat land and water shortages prevent them from better performance and quality.
He added that rice can be grown virtually year round, except for the days between August 15 and November 30, since its blossoming coincides with the coldest months and this affects the sterilization of the flower and the cereal’s performance.
This M-10 variety has the peculiarity that can be regularly harvested in short cycles, medium and long, depending on the time of year because spring shortens its production period.
Following the entry into force of Decree Law 259, the use of public lands by private farmers supports the agricultural food production.
In the case of rice, it is urgent to reduce its import, since its price has increased to 600 US dollars per tonne in the world market.
Cuba already gave more than 60 000 acres to private people in usufruct, in areas devoted primarily to various crops, livestock, fruit and coffee.