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Cuban Government Fosters Potato Production
The information was given by Cuban Agriculture Vice Minister Juan Perez Lamas Monday.

Perez Lamas stated that the money was used to buy seeds, fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and other products for the potato cultivation.

A total of 29,652 acres were planted with potato in the national territory, 3,000 more than in the campaign before, in seven Cuban provinces and the Isle of Youth.

Perez Lamas added that 20 varieties coming from Europe and Canada were planted, and also some of national production, some of them highly productive.

The estimate of the production is of 258,000 tons, destined mainly to feed the population, with a small portion going to the tourism sector.

The potato harvest in Cuba began in advance, in areas belonging to the Juventud Heroica Farming Enterprise in the province of Ciego de Avila, east of Cuba.

This province and the western province of Havana are considered the biggest potato producers in Cuba.


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