Havana, December 24 (RHC)-- At least 30% of the sugar cane to be processed during the current sugar harvest is to be supplied by private farmers, marking the increased participation of that sector in an economic field vital to Cuba’s economy.
The Chairman of the National Association of Small Farmers, Felix González, said that the leading group of private growers is grouped in 304 cooperatives and that they are noted for their high yields.
Many farmers have received additional state owned land, and this is increasing sugar cane production on the island. The private cooperatives receive ample support from the Cuban state, including fuel, machines, spare parts and technical assistance at minimal cost.
Forty nine sugar mills are in operation this year, and twenty five of them are up and running.
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