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New agrarian extension policy in Cuba, more efficient and effective

reunion presidenciaA proposal for agrarian extension policy in Cuba was presented during the customary meeting held yesterday by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez with scientists, experts and producers, linked to food and nutritional sovereignty.

Díaz-Canel noted that the proposal is a result of these meetings now conducted on a weekly basis, since the idea emerged during the first exchange with representatives of the scientific community and outstanding farmers.

Telce González Morera, general director of the Grain Research Institute, stated that the policy will strengthen the leadership of municipal governments and local food systems, and that three fundamental objectives were established: update the centers that support the agrarian extension system as a process that facilitates the development of the sector, with priority at the local level; establish concepts and principles for the structural, managerial and functional organization of the system, with a participatory and multi-stakeholder approach; and establish indicators to monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of work done, he said.

During the meeting, also attended by Vice President of the Republic Salvador Valdés Mesa; Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz; as well as Deputy Prime Ministers Inés María Chapman Waugh and Jorge Luis Tapia Fonseca, Díaz-Canel commented, “This is an important step forward for something that has produced results; it is one of the lessons we have learned during this period, which is perfectly linked to agro-ecology and sustainable development.”

(Taken from Granma)

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