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 Cuba is increasing urban gardens to boost food production
City gardens called organoponics gain importance in a country where cultivation suffered a hard blow by nature in only two weeks, and where 75 percent of the population lives in the cities.

The initiative implemented two decades ago to complement food production is a guideline for several measures under study aimed at reviving traditional agriculture.

Acting Agriculture Minister Maria del Carmen Perez highlighted the advantages of this modality, but admitted that national seed production and sources of organic fertilizers are still insufficient.

The urban gardens are extending over the whole country, which lost over 5,000 tons of food after the hurricanes.

Each province is immersed in the recovery of products brought down by hurricane winds, while intensifying short-cycle crops to guarantee food supply as soon as possible.

In the meantime, coffee growers in the central mountain range are increasing actions to recover as many grains as possible, after Ike affected nearly half the exportable coffee production in that zone.


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