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Ranchers in the Cuban eastern province of Las Tunas, the countrys driest province, have taken advantage of recent rainfall to get back on track in fulfilling this year's production targets.

After having undergone notable decreases in 2004 and 2005, farmers turned out more than 20.6 million liters of milk this year.

In 1996, the province set a record for milk production with more than 36 million liters, but during the following years, severe drought conditions greatly damaged the industry.

Next year is expected to bring better results as water reservoirs are full and soils are humid, two essential elements for ensuring good grazing conditions.


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