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Cuban First VP Jose Ramon Machado Ventura Urges Speedy Planting of Short Cycle Crops
On a visit to the “26th of July” Agricultural Production Unit in Banes, Holguin, Machado stressed that the current situation in the country demands the optimum use of the land and resources in order to achieve the highest yield.

Ventura said short-cycle crops like sweet potatoes, corn, beans and squash should be planted to be ready within the shortest time possible for distribution.

First Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party in Holguin, Miguel Diaz Canel, who accompanied Ventura on the tour, told the Vice President that more than 16,308 acres of different crops have been already planted in the province.

In addition, Diaz Canel said that more than 19,768 acres of banana plantations have been recovered, out of those affected by the winds and rains of Hurricane Ike, and a large part of them are likely to start producing within the following 6 or 7 months.

Machado Ventura also checked on the progress of the rebuilding and repair work on homes in Banes, where the housing stock was severely damaged by Ike, which made landfall on the coast of this town as a category 3 Hurricane.

The First Vice President also visited two intensive vegetable gardens and a cornmeal mill in the municipality of Antilla, also in Holguin, which resumed production after being paralyzed for several days due to the hurricane damage.


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