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Cuba Faces Challenges aimed at Improving Socialist Economic Model

Havana, Feb 21 (RHC) Cuba will face very complex problems in 2014 and 2015 which cannot be solved in the short run, though they aim at a socialist economic development model, said vice-president Marino Murillo.
Murillo addressed 1 200 delegates attending the 20th Congress of the Cuban Workers’ Confederation in the presence of the second secretary of the Communist Party, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura.
In his update of the implementation of the social and economic guidelines adopted by the Party, Murillo said that generating wealth in an efficient manner continues to be the main challenge of Cuban economy, which is still facing the problem of having one million laborers  in the agricultural sector, 20 percent of five million Cuban workers, and they only contribute 3.6 percent to the Gross Domestic Product.
Due to low productivity, the country continues to import high volumes of food, 50 percent of which can be produced on the island, Murillo said and went on to criticize those who say that since salaries are not enough, working is not worth the while till they are raised. He said this is a vicious circle that has to be eliminated.
Murillo said that the government has drawn up a strategy to be implemented year by year with its necessary update. He mentioned the elimination of the double currency as one of the most complex tasks to undertake this year and in 2015.
He noted that the socialist Cuban economic and social model is in tune with the doctrine defined by President Raul Castro about building a socialist society, which is prosperous and sustainable.
This idea takes on the relationship between the ownership over major production means,  “of which we are all co-owners—he noted—and this justifies the fact that based on the state budget everyone has access to free healthcare and education.”
However,  Murillo said that not every one is equal so the standard of living and the satisfaction of each one will depend on his or her contribution to society.
The member of the political bureau of Cuba’s Communist Party said that the socialist companies must be transformed through a process to which the union movement must adapt itself.
Edited by Alberto Chirino
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joseph kopnitsky say:

Hi my wife and I have appropriated a couple of acres of farm land and have been studying ways of production. The most interesting and possibly more productive is the idea of intensive gardening. Found through Rodale Institute. The method uses leaf compost or some kind of organic waste product. The gardener sets up the garden fencing it off so no inturders can destroy his work. then the gardener measures the land into patches a meter wide and as long as he wishes usually starts with 3 meters. The gardener leaves between .6 meters between the patches. The best choise in crops is climbing vegetables like string beans and peas supporting them with trellises or a structure from which twine is suspended so the vegitables can climb according to the instructure a lit more vegitables per area can be grown this way. The seeds are to be sewn very close togather. If the vegetables are not of a climbing type they may still be planted in patches but are supported with twine strung horizontally between posts to support a crop like like tomatoes. If you could connect with the RODALE INSTITUTE it may be a great help. Of course if the agricultural workers are not supervised well by the communist party then problems are not resolved. An other help may be to include every one in communes lead by life long communist party member. I hope you do not feel that I'm being presumtious I just want to help.

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