HAVANA TIMES — The impact Hurricane Sandy on almost 250,000 acres of crops in Cuba could have dire consequences for agricultural production on the island, according to a UN report made known on Wednesday, reported the AFP news service.
“The impact on the farm sector will have a major impact on the rest of the country due to the importance of the affected areas in the production of major crops for the whole island,” read the “Status Report No. 7,” to which the news agency gained access.
“About 239,638 acres of various crops have been affected. Sugarcane is the crop most affected, followed by plantains, banana plants and major crops,” added the report, although the government has not delivered an overall balance of the damage.
Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura “maintained that one of the issues of greatest concern is ensuring the people food over the coming months,” the Granma newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Despite major efforts to distribute land and increase farm production, Cuba still imports over half of its basic foods.