The 2020-2021 harvest was “one of the worst in the history of Cuba” by fulfilling only 66% of the planned plan of 1.2 million tons, announced this Saturday the state group Azcuba sugar bowl.
Speaking at the meeting of the Council of Ministers, whose review is published today by the official newspaper Granma, the president of Azcuba, Julio García, mentioned among the causes of the low performance “organizational and management deficiencies”, broken equipment, low quality of raw material and time lost in harvesting and transportation.
He added that “financial difficulties, weather conditions, accumulated problems in the infrastructure of the power plants and lack of labor and technology discipline also had a negative effect.”
Faced with this scenario, the Cuban Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero, reported on the creation of a working group to “comprehensively” evaluate the situation of the sugar harvest, the industry and the lands dedicated to the cultivation of sugarcane, as well as the production of sugarcane. sugar and its derivatives in the country, according to Granma.
Based on the results of this analysis, measures will be adopted to guarantee “the vitality of these activities, which have meant so much economically and in the history of Cuba,” said Marrero.
Of the 156 plants operating in Cuba before 1959, 56 remain, and only 38 of them were ground in the 2020-2021 harvest.
The 5.6 million tons of sugar collected in 1959 at the triumph of the Revolution, or the 7 and even 8 million in the best seasons (between 1970 and 1989), have been reduced to just over a million projected for the current harvest. .
This sector, considered strategic for the country due to its contribution of foreign exchange through exports of sugar, alcohol (especially rum), energy and other derivatives, suffered a drastic fall in 1990 with a production of 1.1 million tons in the harvest. 2009-2010.
The authorities consider the US embargo, the covid-19 pandemic, technological obsolescence and a lack of fertilizers and fuels as the main obstacles to the development of this line.
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