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Six months after the devastation caused by hurricanes Gustav and Ike, Pinar del Rio province has surplus tomato and potato production thanks to the fine weather during the cold season.

Granma daily says the province now has an additional 20,000 hectares of plantations although harvesting problems affect storage.

An official report issued after the storms assesses the losses of different crops at over 55,700 hectares, as well as some 1,200 urban gardens.

Pinar del Rio has already overcome that deficit and its authorities will further develop policy to stimulate producers and secure summer supplies.

Recovery was also crucial to supply other Cuban provinces that sent workers to rescue and restore the affected agricultural infrastructure.

(Juventud Rebelde)

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