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Charcoal exports to Europe help Cuban economy

Charcoal exports to Europe help Cuban economyHAVANA, Cuba, Mar 8 (ACN) About 300,000 tons of charcoal were sent to Europe by the province of Ciego de Ávila in little more than a decade, with the aim of improving the Cuban economy and increasing financial capacity and industrial and agricultural projects.

This initiative is supported by charcoal producers from several provinces and is organized by Empresa Agroindustrial Ceballos, which nationally leads the fulfillment of this task, informed the Cuban News Agency Wilver Bringas Fernandez, director general of the entity.

The official highlighted the effort of the lumberjacks in charge of such actions, many times under the rains or under the scorching sun, and on other occasions gathering the wood and assembling the ovens even at night, Bringas said.

He stressed the fact that the labor force is hired and its members make charcoal especially with marabou, while the marketing is carried out by Citricos Caribe S.A to nations such as Italy, Grace, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, and Spain, United Kingdom or other nations of the Old Continent.

Since 2005, the year in which the production of coal for sale abroad began, until the end of 2018, the entity contributed some 68 million dollars to the economy for this concept.

Florentino Delgado Martínez, a specialist in agriculture, said that Italy was the first to acquire this type of Cuban fuel, then spread to other nations because of its wide demand; it is an energy source that does not affect the environment and, on the contrary, it is so abundant in Cuba that there are about one million hectares infested with marabou.

Since the beginning of 2018, innovators and rationalizers from Ciego de Avila province took on the task of creating a machine that has given good results with the benefit and classification of coal for use in wood ovens, which humanizes the work, increases efficiency and discards impurities.

Delgado Martinez indicated that this item represents about 80 percent of total exports of this Ciego de Avila company.

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