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  In Ciego de Avila Cuba  Farmers are planting 61 282 acres of potato
They will plant 3311 acres during the remain of October to collect 4,000,000 pounds in early 2009 to supply Ciego de Avila and other provinces of the country, local Agriculture Delegate Benito Migoya said.

He pointed out that four local state-owned companies, three cooperative farms and several individual farmers are engaged in the potato harvest.

Migoya noted that other short-cycle crops are being planted to guarantee food supplies to the people as soon as possible and to meet the demand for banana and plantain, severely damaged by the hurricanes, on the domestic market.

It is time to use idle lands, including organoponic gardens (urban orchards) to plant sweet potato, pumpkin, cabbage, cucumber, corn, beans and vegetables, he added.

At the same time, seed production is being boosted to guarantee high yield and production, Migoya said.


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