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The processing of grapefruit began at the industrial enterprise of Ceballos town in Ciego de Ávila province.  

Domingo Escalante Pérez, deputy director of the industrial unit, said fruits come from Cienfuegos, Camagüey and Ciego de Ávila, while the workers of the Avilanian factory do their best to obtain a high-quality product and make rational use of the electric power.

State citrus growers, the Cooperative sector, as well as Peasants, share the same purpose, not to waste a single grapefruit, since the exquisite juice of this fruit is in great demand in Europe.

Escalante Pérez pointed out that the second stage of the season will start in January with the storing of orange for the industry, the local markets and the tourist sector.

The husks of those fruits are intended for cattle raising, especially for dairy cows, which helps to counteract the damages of the dry season, as stated by Rolando Rodríguez, the head of cattle raising.

The Avilanian industry also mills guava, papaya, mango, banana and pineapple. It is the only unit in Cuba that produces precooked French fries both for exports and the local markets.

The industry is also ready to face the next the tomato season. The production of tomato paste and sauce helps to substitute imports.

During the first semester of this year they processed over 9 000 tons of that vegetable. Some 20 000 tons of that vegetable should be gathered in Ciego de Ávila next season, most of which is intended for the preserve industry, as asserted by Rolando Macías, deputy delegate of the Ministry of Agriculture.


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