HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 25 (acn) Cuba is engaged in a program that expects to reach 30,000 tons of coffee in 2030; the average growth in recent years has been one thousand tons, results that bring the country closer to meeting this goal.
Elexis Legrá, director of the coffee, cocoa and coconut programs at the Agro-forestry Business Group (GAF), belonging to the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG), told ACN that they will grow by 12 percent with respect to the previous year.
The plan for the current year is nine thousand tons, and by the close of November they already exceeded it, to 107 percent compliance, he said.
To achieve the 2030 goal, we have underwent major investments such as the change of old coffee plantations with new high-quality seeds and the use of coffee grafting technology, among others, thus increasing yields, Legra added.
A novelty in the Cuban coffee program is that planting in the plains has been incorporated for four years in provinces such as Las Tunas, Camagüey, Ciego de Avila, Matanzas (the most advanced so far), Mayabeque, Havana and Artemisa.
In general, the coffee export program was met so far this year when exporting 1,014 tons for a plan of one thousand; as for the state commission, the main indicator, they fulfilled the plan by producing 4,500 tons, the specialist of MINAG noted.
The leading coffee producing provinces are Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, Granma and Holguin, the four produce 90 percent of the country's coffee, the main massifs are in that region and that is where the greatest efforts are focused.