Havana, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) About 250 Cuban and foreign specialists began today debates about Cuba’s experience in sustainable agriculture on agroecological bases, aspects in which this island enjoys international recognition.
Professionals from Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Spain, Cuba and other nations are participating in the 12th Meeting of Organic and Sustainable Agroecology, taking place in the province of Artemisa (about 60 kilometers southwest of Havana).
This kind of event, in session every two years, is organized by the Cuban Association of Agricultural and Forestry Technicians (ACTAF) and this time it includes a forum on medicinal plants.
Roberto Caballero, coordinator-consultant in sustainable agriculture at ACTAF, said that Cuba is the nation that has the most widespread use of agroecology, which began to spread in the island as a result of the so-called special period.
He explained that in that situation, faced with the insufficient availability of chemical fertilizers and herbicides, to resort to organic fertilizers and other sustainable practices was necessary.
The meeting, to be held until Thursday, June 7, at the Integral Center of the National Association of Small Farmers in Artemisa, includes six symposia, related to aspects such as climate change, adaptation and resilience, and sustainable forest management.
The pre-event activity includes the international Agroecology course, the path towards a prosperous and sustainable agriculture.