Idle Land (50%) Still Undelivered

HAVANA TIMES, May 6 – Half of Cuba’s idle farmland still hasn’t been handed over for agricultural production under the government program to do so, said Orlando Lugo, president of the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP).

Nonetheless, according to Lugo, more than 60,000 persons have been incorporated to agricultural work and are already reaping benefits from a million hectares which had previously been invaded by shrubs such as marabú.

He further stressed the need to interest younger generations in agriculture in order to make use of all the arable land.

Cuba still imports well over half its foodstuffs, draining the country’s national budget considerably.