Cuban Project on Sustainable Agriculture Enters a New Phase

Havana, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) The Sustainable Agriculture Support Project (PAAS) begins its second phase in June, which includes new value chains and the use of renewable energy, an expert linked to that program reported today.

It includes the completion of technological processes of the current value chains of fruits, vegetables, honey and oleaginous, Pedro Gavilanes, specialist of the Cuban Association of Agricultural and Forestry Technicians (ACTAF), told Prensa Latina.

This project of the ACTAF, he said, is developed with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Dutch NGO HIVOS.

Gavilanes, who participates in the 12th International Meeting of Agroecology, Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, which is held in the province of Artemisa (about 70 kilometers southwest of the capital), also said that the PAAS phase also foresees the consolidation of the certification of healthy foods and the inclusion of new municipalities.

The first stage lasted more than a year and comprised eight provinces and 12 municipalities, an amount that now increases to 11 and 22, respectively. One of its main results was the installation of seven mini fruit industries.

They process more than 1,000 tons of these products and benefit 80 members of the agricultural cooperatives, by enabling greater income and the reduction of losses.

At the 12th Meeting of the ACTAF, in which 260 specialists from 12 countries, including Cuba, will participate, the specialists will discuss today the topics Climate change, adaptation and resilience and Education for sustainable agriculture. The forum also includes a demonstration of the development of agroecology in the Cuban provinces.

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