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Cuba has drought-resistant sugarcane
Cuba has currently obtained 13 varieties of sugarcane resistant to drought and diseases, including mosaic virus, National Sugarcane Research Institute (INICA) Deputy Director Hector Suarez announced on Friday.

Suarez cited aridity as among the main problems faced by the sector, with 30 percent of areas affected by this phenomenon, and 24.3 percent of soils having limited drainage, mostly in the northern coast of Villa Clara, Sancti Spiritus and Ciego de Avila provinces (in the center of the Island), and also in eastern Las Tunas.

Suarez told Prensa Latina that such varieties are important, but a key factor is the work done to manage the environment.

INICA boasts 17 experimental areas which promote joint work by researchers and producers, using a method called participative phyto-improvement.

This will figure among issues to be discussed during a scientific meeting in Varadero beach June 6-8, attended by delegates from 10 nations.

Source: Prensa Latina

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