Tuesday, 23 April 2019 13:23

Living with Shrimp Stuck in the Soul

Written by Jorge Pérez Cruz
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Living with Shrimp Stuck in the Soul Photo: Tiempo21.cu

The evening of January 15th, 1991, the anxiety dominated the slender shape of Katiusca Perdomo Escalona, a marine biologist. "How not to be so? I was waiting for the harvest of my pond, the first after so long of efforts."

Las Tunas, Cuba.- She was 19 years old then, she was almost a child; but the results crowned the expectations, calmed her mood and, definitely, "stuck" into her heart the love for these difficult tasks to which she has dedicated 29 years.

"The shrimp, of the smiting species, averaged 14.9 grams and we caught five tons with 600 kilograms that day."
More than 28 years have gone, but Katiusca has fresh images of that day in her memory; and remember that Sanros, the current base business unit belonging to the Company for the Shrimp Farming of the Ministry of the Food Industry, was founded on August 9th, 1990.

"We started with six ponds, seven shrimp farmers, one of them in charge of sampling, and eight technicians graduated in Marine Biology, all trained in other shrimp companies such as Santa Cruz (Camagüey) and Río Cauto (Granma)."

The unit, located in Santa Rosalía, on the coast of the southern municipality of Colombia, in Las Tunas, maintains the growth of its production since 2012. The workers have broken three consecutive records, which sealed in 2018 with the figure of 650 tons. In this important economic enclave, Katiusca has taken up residence and enjoys every productive success.

She emphasizes that "We have been growing in areas and we already have seven ponds for pre-farming and 29 for fattening, and a professional and technical staff of 159 workers, who are the architects of the successes we have achieved."

Katiusca is one of the six founders who still defy plagues, severe weather conditions, dangers in roads of difficult access and other vicissitudes, so that the crustacean does not lack the careful attention for its survival and development.

During all those years, her task has been hard to carry out. "Look, sometimes you do not know what day of the week you are living, because we work whenever there is a need. I live in Tana, 10 kilometers from the administrative headquarters and 12 from the production area. I wake up at 5:00 in the morning every day. The tractor picks me up at 6:00 am and I arrive at work at 6:30 am, where I usually stay until 5:30 in the afternoon.

She has gone through different tasks: now she is the head of the Quality Group and dynamically combines that responsibility with those of the position of general secretary of the Trade Union Bureau. "I like what I do", she says, and she leaves tangible samples of her vocation every day.

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