SANTA CLARA, Cuba, Oct 15 (ACN) With the aim of substituting imports, the second Cuban plant of Biofertilizers and Biopesticides is built in Villa Clara(central Cuba) -adcribed to the Provincial Company Labiofam-, which already achieves the 70 percent of completion, in spite of the delay in the acquisition of the technical equipment.
The delay, according to experts, is associated with the world economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the case of Cuba, which has been worsened by the tightening of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the Caribbean country by the United States government almost six decades ago.
Ramon Diaz Yanes, project director, told the Cuban News Agency that the technological setup of the plant is at 47 percent, while there are still plans to obtain waste processors, electrical boards for the general plant, laboratory devices, glassware, cables, electrical accessories, pipes and fire pumps.
He explained that the completion date, set for December this year, will be extended for late 2021, since the negative impact of COVID-19 has conditioned the temporary freezing of the investment agreed between China and Cuba with more than 60 million pesos.
The Villa Clara Biofertilizer and Biopesticide plant ( built using Chinese technology) expects an annual production of six million liters of liquid bioproducts and 1,000 tons of solids, from fermented broths; enough to cover a cultivable area of 300,000 hectares and generate more than 80 million pesos a year in sales.
The elaborated products will have the purpose of optimizing the mineral nutrients in the land, the regular use of bio-healthy fertilizers, the achievement of greater volumes of food and the protection of the environment as a premise of the sustainable development of agriculture.
Two similar industrial projects are being built in Havana and Granma(eastern Cuba), which not only aim to satisfy the national demand, but also plan to enter the world market to generate foreign currency for the country.