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5,000 Cuban Volunteers Recruited to Help with Coffee Harvest

Havana, October 23 (RHC) -- More than 5,000 students and volunteers will be mobilized to help with coffee harvest in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba, the country's main producing area, an Agriculture Ministry official said Tuesday.

Agricultural deputy delegate Manuel Arzuaga said that in the first two weeks of October, just over 240,000 cans (about 457 tons) of coffee beans were picked, representing only 32 percent of the total.

He added that the government plans to increase this season's harvest, which can reach 5,700 tons, by 34 percent compared to the previous season.

Cuba has launched a campaign to revitalize domestic coffee production, as high coffee consumption costs the Caribbean country about 40 million U.S. dollars a year due to the purchases at the international market.

Sector authorities expect to increase coffee output to 15,000 tons in 2016 although the figure is still insufficient compared with the 24,000 tons needed to cover domestic consumption and export.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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