Tomato Processing grows in Ciego de Avila Cuban Province
CIEGO DE AVILA, Cuba, Feb 9 (acn) More than three thousand tons of tomato have already been processed in industries of Ciego de Ávila and converted into pastes, Vita Nuova and sauces for the local markets.
State and cooperative farmers are committed to harvesting 50,000 tons, and two-thirds of them will be supplied to manufacturing plants, Yusvany Cárdenas, senor official of the Agriculture Ministry in the province, told ACN.
Cardenas added that 2 800 hectares of this vegetable were planted in the province; one of the highest figures in recent years, despite the effects caused by the intense drought, which has now reached 40 consecutive months.
Leaders of the National Association of Small Farmers highlighted the quality of the seed used and the support of plant health specialists with measures in pest management, soil qualities and biological controls.
The current harvest of tomatoes here is one of the highest in recent years, which is reflected in the constant supply to the state agricultural markets, outlets and marketing by local peddlers.
The state agricultural markets reduced prices to 2.10 Cuban pesos a pound, but private sellers doubled that price or more, as they do with other fruits and vegetables such as papaya, sweet potatoes, bananas, cassava, pumpkin, onions and cucumbers.