Ciego de Avila, Cuba, May 24 (Prensa Latina) The agriculture of this central Cuban province stands out today in the country for the creation and operation of small industries, destined to process fruits and vegetables to feed the people.
Considered an important source of employment in rural areas, the so-called mini-industries, are focused on raising production to reduce imports and ensure the self-sufficiency of communities.
The agrarian initiative started in Ceballos area, in Ciego de Avila, 430 kilometers east of Havana, and around that zone there are twenty units of peasant farms, but ruled by the Agroindustrial Company located there.
The mini-industries process guava, mango, pineapple, tomato, papaya and coconut and turn them into juices, jams, pastries, puree and sweets in syrup and bars, which stand out for their quality, presentation and price.
With the seal DCballos and widely demanded in the national market, the products are distributed to the population of the whole country through the wholesale trade network and to supply the tourist poles.
One of the most prominent peasants in the area is Alexander Ramirez, who runs La Candelaria mini-industry, the only one in the province specializing in coconut candy, although he also produces coconut and pineapple horchata.
Guava jams, papaya, mango, several fruit juices and tomato puree are other products that La Candelaria has in its production plan, he said.
Ramirez is one of the Ciego de Avila’s farmers that make up the national fruit tree development program, for which the territory expects to reach some 17,000 hectares by 2020.
In his farm, he has 22 species of fruits, and in that area he uses good agro-ecological practices, which implies quality in production and being in harmony with the environment, since he does not use chemical fertilizers but pluriculture and sowing interspersed with different crops.