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Solving the problem of Cuban agriculture

Solving the problem of Cuban agriculture
September 6 2010
tags: Cuba, socialism, agriculture, food

Revolutionary Cuba, no stranger to big problems, now faces another major
challenge. Introducing major economic reforms in June 2008, President
Raul Castro centered his government's proposals on changing agriculture.
The results are anemic so far, reports Rebel Youth (Juventud Rebelde)
correspondent Ricardo Ronquillo Bello.

Agricultural production… Continue reading

IF IT WERE JUST THE MARABÚ

IF IT WERE JUST THE MARABÚ . . .
CUBA'S AGRICULTURE 2009-10
G.B. Hagelberg

"We face the imperative of making our land produce more . . . the needed
structural and conceptual changes will have to be introduced," Raúl
Castro famously proclaimed on 26 July 2007, a few days short of a year
after provisionally taking over the reins of… Continue reading

Restoring the Tampa-Cuba connection

Restoring the Tampa-Cuba connection
Updated: Friday, 28 May 2010, 7:14 AM EDT

TAMPA – There is a new push to make Tampa a gateway to Cuba, including
direct flights from here to Havana, in an effort to connect Tampa's
economical future with its historical past.

The vision is to have at least two non-stop flights each day to Havana,
totaling… Continue reading

US Is $500 Million Supermarket to Cuba

US Is $500 Million Supermarket to Cuba
Published: Thursday, 27 May 2010 | 10:00 AM ET
By: Rob Reuteman
Special to CNBC.com
AP

The U.S. businesses that sold $528 million in food products to Cuba last
year range from small dairy farmers to multi- billion dollar
agribusiness corporations.

But they seem to have one thing in common: they admit to… Continue reading

Cuban farmers seek fewer government regulations

Posted on Tuesday, 05.18.10
Cuban farmers seek fewer government regulations
By JUAN O. TAMAYO
jtamayo@ElNuevoHerald.com

Cuba's independent farmers are strongly urging the government to ease
its suffocating controls on agriculture, arguing that they could deliver
more and better products if the bureaucrats get out of the way.

“Internal Commerce is superfluous,'' the Juventúd Rebelde newspaper
quoted farmer Lázaro Hernández as… Continue reading

For Cubans, transition ahead

For Cubans, transition ahead
By Ted Mann
Updated 03/28/2010 03:18 AM

Still recovering from post-Cold War changes, the country seeks a new economic reality

Reporter Ted Mann and photojournalist Sean D. Elliot traveled to Cuba last week with the Amistad, the reproduction schooner built at the Mystic Seaport. In 1839, the original Amistad was homeported in Cuba when it was… Continue reading

Cuba, Failing Under Communism, Launches Green Revolution

Cuba, Failing Under Communism, Launches Green Revolution
Cuba Surrounds Towns With Organic Farms to Lessen Dependence on Imported
Food
By MARC FRANK
Feb. 15, 2010

The government of Cuba, chronically poor and forced to import most of
its food, is fighting back by going green. It is surrounding its urban
areas with thousands of organic farms, as part of a… Continue reading

Cuba looks to suburban farms to boost food output

Cuba looks to suburban farms to boost food output
Sun Feb 7, 2010 2:56pm GMT
By Marc Frank

CAMAGUEY, Cuba (Reuters) – Cuba has launched an ambitious project to
ring urban areas with thousands of small farms in a bid to reverse the
country's long agricultural decline and ease its chronic economic woes.

The five-year plan calls for growing fruits… Continue reading

Cuba’s Small Farmers Increased Output, Sales in 2009

Cuba's Small Farmers Increased Output, Sales in 2009

HAVANA – Cuban small farmers and agricultural cooperatives increased
their sales of products such as milk, rice and pork to the government in
2009 after President Raul Castro introduced measures to boost domestic
food production, the official media reported.

The president of the government-supported National Association of Small
Farmers, Orlando Lugo Fonte,… Continue reading

Cuban farm reforms sow seeds of enterprise

Cuban farm reforms sow seeds of enterprise
12.17.09, 10:26 AM EST
* Farming is focus of Raul Castro's tentative reforms
* Private farms leased state land in bid to boost output
* Cuba fighting to reduce heavy reliance on food imports
By Helen Popper

BEJUCAL, Cuba (Reuters) – Cuban farmer Saudiel Lazaro wears a broad
smile under his wide-brimmed hat… Continue reading

Citrus harvest underway

Cuba: Citrus harvest underway

The processing of grapefruit began at the industrial enterprise of
Ceballos town in Ciego de Ávila province.

Domingo Escalante Pérez, deputy director of the industrial unit, said
fruits come from Cienfuegos, Camagüey and Ciego de Ávila, while the
workers of the Avilanian factory do their best to obtain a high-quality
product and make rational use of… Continue reading

Discovering personal independence

Cuba: Discovering personal independence
By Ronald R. Cooke
web posted October 12, 2009

For an economist, Cuba has been a perfect laboratory experiment. Fidel
Castro was a charismatic leader, Cuba enjoyed economic and political
support from Russia, it had a closed economy, and the revolution gave
the government absolute control over the people. The government
confiscated millions of acres of… Continue reading

Seeds of change in Cuban farming

Seeds of change in Cuban farming
By Michael Voss
BBC News, Camaguey

It could be a scene straight out of the Wild West: a homesteader
struggling to tame a wilderness and turn it into productive farmland to
provide a living for himself and his family.

But this struggle of man against the land is happening in the central
province of… Continue reading

From truffles to fox furs, U.S. ships more than food to Cuba

Posted on Saturday, 09.05.09
From truffles to fox furs, U.S. ships more than food to Cuba
Despite a rigid embargo that has spanned half a century, the United
States is playing a major role in feeding Cuba.
BY MARTHA BRANNIGAN
mbrannigan@MiamiHerald.com

When a Havana family sits down for pollo asado, passes pan de ajo across
the kitchen table or splurges… Continue reading

Cuba Before Fidel

Monday, February 25, 2008
Cuba Before Fidel
BY ERIC N. BAKLANOFF

In 1958, on the eve of the Cuban Revolution, the United States was
purchasing two-thirds of the island's exports and was supplying 70
percent of its imports. Next to Brazil, Cuba was the most important
Latin American source of agricultural imports of the United States.
During the five-year period,… Continue reading

FOOD VS. FUEL: A FALSE DILEMMA FOR CUBA

FOOD VS. FUEL: A FALSE DILEMMA FOR CUBA
A SURVEY OF THE ISSUE
Antonio Gayoso

The objective of this essay is broadly to assess the
factors that determine whether the production of
biofuels from biomass could be viable in Cuba and
whether it could compete with food production.
This question is important in view of the significant
decreases that have… Continue reading

Wild Buffalo Threaten Crops in Cuba

Wild Buffalo Threaten Crops in Cuba

HAVANA – A herd of wild buffalo has become a nightmare for peasants in
the western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio because the beasts are
invading and devouring their crops of tobacco and vegetables, Communist
Party daily Granma said Tuesday.

Dozens of farmers have decided "not to participate in the next tobacco
season… Continue reading

Relishing the Idea of a Post-Castro Cuba

MONDAY, MAY 25, 2009
FEATURE
Relishing the Idea of a Post-Castro Cuba
By ELLIOT WILSON
An outspoken dissident argues that lifting the longstanding U.S. trade
embargo would quickly undermine the Castro brothers' power.

MEET THE FORREST GUMP OF CUBAN COMMUNISM, Óscar Espinosa Chepe. Like the
character played by Tom Hanks in the 1994 film, Chepe has spent the past
half-century… Continue reading

Cuba names new ag minister in farming shake-up

Posted on Friday, 11.28.08
Cuba names new ag minister in farming shake-up
Associated Press

HAVANA — — Cuba has appointed a top army general to head the
Agricultural Ministry at a time when the country faces food shortages
and is dramatically restructuring its farming sector to boost production.

Gen. Ulises Rosales del Toro, once a member of Fidel Castro's rebel… Continue reading

USDA Exports: Corn, Soybeans, & Wheat Up, Beef Sales To Canada

11/20/2008 7:44:00 AM

USDA Exports: Corn, Soybeans, & Wheat Up, Beef Sales To Canada

Wheat: Net sales of 511,000 metric tons were up two and one-tenth times
from the previous week and 40 percent from the prior 4-week average.
Increases reported for Japan (103,400 MT), South Korea (89,200 MT),
Egypt (56,900 MT), unknown destinations (54,800 MT), Nigeria (48,000
MT), Thailand… Continue reading

Cuba’s urban farms attempt to engineer an organic future

Cuba's urban farms attempt to engineer an organic future
von Richard Lapper

One Cuban co-operative market garden is setting a new pace for
productivity; selling produce to local markets, as well as top hotels,
it's hoped such ventures can help to reduce Cuba's dependency on imports.

Beyond the neat lines of lettuce at the Alamar organic market garden and
across… Continue reading

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