HAVANA TIMES, May 15 – Agricultural production reported strong decreases in the first quarter of this year as compared to 2009 in key food products in Cuba, according to a report by the National Office of Statistics (ONE). While the collection of tubers in general increased 4.5 per cent and rice, essential in the island’s diet, the production of beans and vegetables fell by 40.5 and 35.1 per cent, respectively. Moreover, citrus fruit decreased 21.6 per cent, reported IPS.
Cuba’s Small Farmer’s Organization (ANAP) is currently holding its Tenth Congress in the Cuban capital. Confronting the production challenges facing the country is among the key issues being discussed. ANAP represents cooperatives and individual family farmers.