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Cuba opens today Central Laboratory of the Sugar Industry

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 16 (ACN) The Central Laboratory of the Cuban Sugar Industry will be opened today at the Cuban Institute of Sugarcane Derivatives Research (ICIDCA by its Spanish acronym).

The opening of the laboratory, coinciding with the 502nd anniversary of the founding of the Villa de San Cristobal de La Habana, is part of ICIDCA's scientific infrastructure updating program, informed Barbara Rodriguez Gonzalez, business director of the institution.

It consists of the laboratories for the quality of sugar and honeys (LEYCAL), alcohol and beverages (LABEB), physical-mechanical tests (LAFIM) and sugar research (LIA).

At full capacity, Rodriguez emphasized, it will be possible to support the sugar agroindustry's development program and support the sector in the quality of its main products and in the promotion of new products.

The occasion will be favorable for the opening of a plant with a view to the boom of alcohol chemistry, whose initial mission is the manufacture of alcohol gel, for hygienic sanitary use, with the gradual incorporation of new assortments of various uses such as medicines, he added.

The Cuban Institute for Research on Sugarcane Derivatives was created on May 23, 1963 at the initiative of Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara, with the aim of providing scientific support to the development of technologies that would allow the integral and diversified use of sugarcane.

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