|Turquino Agricultural Project turning 25 years of Existence in Cienfuegos
2012.06.03 - 14:25:29 / email@example.com / Translated by: JC Caballero
Cumanayagua, Cienfuegos, Cuba. To Look for a bigger coffee production and other ones are part of the main tasks carried out by cooperative farms and other of its kind that belongs to the local Ejercito Juvenil del Trabajo (literally Youth Labor Army) that are based in the Guamuhaya mountain range that is located in the center and south of the Cuban archipelago through 400 kilometers of extension in which there are five thousand two hundred inhabitants living as a result of being the best Turquino Project of the nation that is turning 25 years of having been created.
The mountain dwellers from Cienfuegos are proud for having won for their fifth time the national venue and according to the Provincial Delegate of Agriculture, Luis Fernándo Linares Jiménez, the biggest source for having achieved the aforementioned result is found at the local Agribusiness enterprise that is based in the middle of the mountainous region that benefits all the production of the grain of coffee in the center of the nation, including the production that is destined for exportation.
For the year 2015, It is planned the production of 577 tons in order to achieve the proper domestic supply of coffee given that the goal of this discreet increase is precisely to reach once again the more than 600 tons harvested in these mountains in the year 1960.
´The Cuban coffee production has a great future given its old plantations have been replanted through more than 500 hectares during these last two years as well as the local reforestation. Besides, we could plant up to 56 hectares last year between the months of June and August and we are now trying to fulfill the planned 300 hectares yearly until the year 2015.´ Luis Fernándo Linares stated.´
According to Linares, they have a million eighty five thousand high-quality seeds in almost a hundred of nurseries and their survival is increased from the economic stimulus for the growers as the price of the collected can rose up to $ 65 Cuban pesos as well as their biggest participation and working requirements for all of them.
´We have more than one hundred hectares if idle lands that were delivered through the 259 resolution to mainly 250 coffee growers who are feeling identified which the necessity of the nation in this sense. Moreover, (There are still 500 hectares which are filled of undergrowth that may be granted to other people interested in planting them).´ Fernándo Linares said.
The citizens from Cienfuegos province has a division that belongs to the Youth Labor Army that have the most quantity of camps and that type of personnel in that central region which will be increased in view of the good coffee plantations that exist in the Cuatro Vientos region where it is collected the best Cuban coffee.
´This year we are exporting 84 tons brands of coffee such as the Oro Coffee brand, and the Monte Cristian one that is well-paid up to $ three thousand dollars in the international market, given it is the coffee having the highest quality in Cuba. We do have a great reserve of seeds and state-of-the-art nurseries. We have grated, for the very first time in our nation, the Robusta coffee in order to achieve better results.´ Linares added.
There are other productions that are achieved in the mountain range, for instance, almost the 100 per cent of the local settlements are able to supply themselves with fresh milk and even give an important contribution to the Escambray milk center while the diverse crops and vegetables are also harvested, thus the supply of cabbages and tomatoes is guaranteed given that rice and potatoes are not the only crops harvested in that region.
In addition, there are over thirty species of medicinal plants that exist in areas of the mountain that are planted for the local Public Health branch as well as fruit trees that are planted in the best farm of its type in the nation as it is backed by the Investigation Institute for having 157 botanical species out of the 174 ones that exist in the tropics.
Meanwhile, it is gradually more necessary the use of mules in the aforementioned region. The local poultry farming, on its part, is successfully developed through the delivery of 30 thousand broods yearly that are delivered to the local mountain dwellers.
The delivery of pork is fulfilled and increased as well as the development of the local poultry farming, roads and tracks repair that make more pleasant the life in the mountains. By Mireya Ojeda