One of the priorities is the production and certification of agricultural, botanical and biotechnological seeds

In view of Cuba's difficult economic and financial situation, aggravated by the health crisis associated with Covid-19 disease and the tightening of the U.S. blockade, the province of Las Tunas is promoting food production with the support of its experts, the application of agro-ecological practices and the use of science and technology.

Las Tunas, Cuba.- Precisely, the generalization of the scientific work occupies several individuals and entities of the agricultural sector, which develop numerous objectives, as part of the projection of the activity until 2030.

One of the priorities is the production and certification of agricultural, botanical and biotechnological seeds, with which the different sowing campaigns are promoted. In a special way they attend to the lines of roots and tubers, grasses and fodder, elemental for human and animal feeding.

In times when imports are decreasing, scientific development prioritizes the cultivation of corn, soy, sorghum and cassava, as well as fodder and protein plants for the animal feed balance, which will boost local production of fodder and other alternative sources of nutrition for goats and rams, rabbits, pigs and poultry.

The units authorized for this purpose will manufacture bioproducts and produce medicines for veterinary use; they will also encourage the planting of medicinal plants on state and private farms to deliver their parts to laboratories specializing in natural and traditional medicine.

Likewise, the efficient use of natural resources such as soil, water and energy is encouraged, as well as the computerization and automation of agro-industrial processes and the increase of processing, collection and distribution capacity for the supply of the people, national and international tourists and exports.

In the eight municipalities of Las Tunas, science and technology are also applied in the implementation of the State Plan for the Confrontation of Climate Change, with the purpose of transforming the use of the land due to the rise of the sea level and the recurrent drought, increasing reforestation, improving the conditions of the soils and introducing varieties resistant to our climate.

Pending tasks include disaster risk management, agrometeorological services, cooperative management and development, and improvement of the Innovation, Technical Assistance and Agricultural Extension Systems, according to the different productive forms that currently exist.