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Food branches will benefit from research projects

Science researchers in Holguín province expand their teaching programs to develop projects through new technologies that favor food programs, as part of a strategy to contribute to economic advances and import substitution.

The initiatives focus on the study of multiple varieties of common beans for consumption and commercialization, as well as the characterization of various productive crops, commented Martha Morejón, a senior specialist of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment in the eastern territory.

She emphasized that among these projects there is also the evaluation of six varieties of chickpeas, taking into account the characteristics of the Cuban soil and weather conditions in order to attain efficiency.

Moreover, there is the assembly of ten self-propelled conveyors or harvesters for the rice cultivation, with a capacity of six tons, which is one of the main results of the science sector in 2019.
 
She stressed that the use of these equipment contributes to increasing cereal production, one important element of the basic ration in Cuba; as for Holguín, Mayarí has expanded its crop areas considering the benefits offered by the East-West diversion and irrigation systems.
 
This alternative contributes to diminish to some extent the negative consequences of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba since the early 1960s, which limits the purchase of machinery and supplies for agriculture, among other branches of national economy.


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