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Specialists and Producers Establish Strategies to Fight Marabú
Specialists and cattle producers established in this city, the new strategies to face the rapid propagation of the African bush known as marabú, and to consolidate the tools in the successful control, handling and exploitation of that plant, in this eastern province of Las Tunas.

This was made public in the First Provincial Workshop carried out with that end, that also counted with the attendace of representatives from the Agriculture, the Ministries of the Sugar, of the Armed Forces, of the Interior, and of the Association of Small Farmers, as well as other specialized institutions.

As principle, it was suggested to use numerous alternatives as the effective agent Potreron, as well the goats and the cut of the bushes to some 15 centimeters from the land, to disrupt and to avoid harm to the soils, its nutritious values and the ecological balance.

The experiences have demonstrated that the combat munst be carried out for the well-being, and the main thing is to make to produce areas of several cultivations, to guarantee pasture in the lands for the animals and to create new dairies for the development.

All variant must be applied to the youngest populations of the marabú that in Las Tunas affects to more than 97, 000 hectares belonging to 541 cattle units covered by that bush that also causes damages to lands of several cultivations and the forest sector.

In this territory the marabú has covered 58 percent of the cattle lands, to the point that hundreds of dairies were swallowed by this bush that will be eradicated, if it is possible, with a ministerial program to recover the cattle industry.

The marabú has damaged almost one million hectares, in seven of the 14 provinces of the Island and 44 thousand hectares have been recovered in the last 10 years, and it is considered that they could produce some 10 million liters of milk monthly.

The studies conclude that 38 percent of the rural areas and 65 percent of the State cattle lands are occupied by the marabú which is spread very quickly by the animals.


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