Sugarcane Production in Hard Times

HAVANA TIMES, July 9 – More than 17 per cent of the areas set aside for the planting of sugar cane in Cuba are idle, reported the island’s state-run press. During the last harvest yields per planted hectare were the worse in the country’s history, with barely 27 tons. Insufficient payment to producers, labor and technical indiscipline, and the lack of exigency and control of the directive are the principal causes of the decline, reported IPS.