Cuba’s Coffee Harvest without Students

HAVANA TIMES, Sept. 7 — The Cuban authorities will do without the mobilization of students and other personnel not linked to agricultural work to assume the 2010-2011 coffee harvest, as part of a plan to reduce expenditures during the international economic crisis, IPS reported.  The measure, one of the agreements of the past 10th Congress of the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP), will put in the hands of the farm cooperatives the major part of the responsibility in this crop, whose per-hectare yields have dropped by a third over the last decade.