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Representatives of South Africa and Cuba ratified through a videoconference the validity of the Agreement on Cooperation in Water Resources Management and Water Supply, signed on February 6, 2020, Prensa Latina news agency reported in a dispatch dated in Pretoria.

With the arrival today of the Royal Flight airline flight from Moscow, which restarted operations through the Juan G. Gomez International Airport, the Russian market shows its preference for Cuba's largest sun and beach resort despite the global pandemic.

The Cuban government decided to reduce the rates for the payment of water and electricity services for Cuban agricultural producers, retroactively as of January 2021, with the aim of contributing to the reduction of costs in food production
Meisi Bolaños Weiss, Minister of Finance and Prices, explained this measure is included within the transformations assumed immediately by the country's leadership to also stimulate compliance with delivery and contracting plans, in a context of adverse conditions imposed by the COVID-19.

Diorgys Hernández Díaz, general director of Industrial Policy of the Ministry of Food Industry (MINAL), reported that the first non-commercial productions in the process of starting up the production lines of Nescor S.A. were already carried out.

Meisi Bolaños Weiss, Minister of Finance and Prices of Cuba, announced that rates for services to farmers were reduced, as well as taxes on income while banks will increase loans and other instruments to boost food production.

The number of farming cooperatives and individual producers in Camaguey province has increased to 18, with a more advanced situation in the process of certification of areas by Plant Health for their incorporation to the import and export of products.

Farmers in the province of Cienfuegos are applying alternatives to improve crop yields due to the lack of fertilizers, motivated by the tightening of the U.S. blockade against Cuba and also by the global economic contraction after a year of COVID-19.
Yoan Sarduy, delegate of agriculture in Cienfuegos, told the press that there were deficits of inputs in this cold season that ended in February this year, and whose consequences will be seen in the low yields of the different crops.

The impossibility of purchasing antivirals for the hepatitis C patients such as Zepatier and Combo Abbie, patented by the U.S. pharmaceutical laboratory Gileat, is one of the effects of the blockade of Cuba in the Havana Institute of Gastroenterology.

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