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Cuban expert Juan Carlos Badía, director of the Holguin Management Unit, told Cuban national press agency AIN that the results overcame the ones in the precedent year, while the perspectives for the present are bigger.

Located in the proximities of San Andres, at 11.8 miles west of the city of Holguin, the entity belongs to the East Geographic Mining Company, which also exhibits other products like volcanic glass, industrial talc, activated coal and bentonites.

The zeolite is indispensable for the filters of water, the fertilizers and animal feeding and hygiene, this last element very necessary for the decrease of illnesses and mortality, especially of birds.

With an installed capacity of 75,000 tons a year, the plant is one of those more exploded in the country next to another two located in Tasajeras and Palmarito del Cauto, in the provinces of Villa Clara (center of Cuba) and Santiago de Cuba (east) respectively.

Cuba is placed among the five biggest producing countries of zeolite at world level, and has wide natural reservations of the mineral, contained in 18 studied locations.

The Cuban processing plants demanded technical equipment for their extraction, triturating and transfer to possible national and foreign consumers, after that which the maximum production in the Caribbean nation reached 600,000 tons in 1991.

That year, this came up against with the deceleration of the so-called "Special Period," called so because of the serious impact on the national economy brought on by the disappearance of the socialist bloc, together with the blockade of the United States against Cuba.


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