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Cuba seeks to grow 23 percent in bioproducts

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Cuba is striving this year to manufacture 6,255.72 kiloliters of 18 types of bioproducts, accounting for a 23-percent growth compared to previous results, according to the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG). Such a figure will benefit 690,000 hectares of crops, 100,000 more than in 2020, MINAG specified. The use of bioproducts makes it possible to substitute part of chemical fertilizer and pesticide imports.

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Investments to expand production of bioproducts in Cuba

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Rooted in Fidel’s wisdom, like almost everything good between heaven and earth in Cuba, the use of bioproducts in agriculture dates back to the 1990s, when four production plants, located in the municipalities of Güira de Melena, Güines, Matanzas and Sancti Spíritus, saw the light of day under the guidance of our Comandante en jefe. Engineer Teobaldo Cruz Méndez, lead investment specialist at the Labiofam State Enterprise Management Group (OSDE).

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Cuba’s largest coffee exporter completes first direct commercial operation to European market

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After almost a year of adjustments to gain self-sufficiency in foreign trade operations, the Asdrúbal López Coffee Processing Company, the largest Cuban exporter of the aromatic grain, this month completed its first direct commercial operation, towards the European market. And so this efficient socialist company was launched in its category as the first exporting pole of Guantánamo – approved in January of this year – which authorizes it to trade with the world directly, a crucial step to assume its promising position within the strategic program of local development.

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Cuban innovation to reduce the nickel industry’s reliance on imports

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The repair of just one of the large furnaces, at the Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara Nickel Enterprise, reveals the shocking fact that the job costs between three and five million pesos. To avoid a shutdown at the smelter, which generates “hard” currency income for the country, there are two alternatives. Either incur the significant expense of importing the necessary parts, or develop solutions here.

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The Cuban pharmaceutical industry vs COVID-19

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The Cuban pharmaceutical industry has been key to the national strategy to confront the SARS-COV-2 pandemic, guaranteeing medications to implement treatment protocols established by the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap), including several products used successfully with high-risk segments of the population, reducing the number of patients reaching serious and critical conditions, as well as mortality rates for this group.

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Maisí: Water returns to La Punta

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Punta de Maisí, also known as the terrace of Cuba, has the most beautiful marine terraces on the island, also considered one of the best preserved, since according to experts, it has a variety of unique geological features. Perhaps all these attributes caused the wrath of Seth (Egyptian God of drought and the desert), which fell upon this porous calcareous plateau composed of red fersialitic soil. The truth is that Punta de Maisí is becoming drier and hotter. No one can confirm this better than Arsenio Chávez Navarro, who has dealt with the region’s fickle weather for years. The seventy-year-old describes it like this: “The sun wants to crack the rocks open. It rains very little and it gets hotter every year.”

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Naval repair industry revives in Cuba with new dock

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With today’s delivery of a modern floating dock with the capacity to receive ships of up to 65,000 tons of displacement, Cuba is once again inserted in the international market for naval repairs. The structure will allow the repair of Panamax-type ships and was manufactured within 18 months by the Chinese firm National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC), headquartered in Shanghai.

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Cuban device for diagnosis and training of pitchers

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Cuban baseball will soon benefit with the introduction of a machine for the diagnosis and training of pitchers designed at the University of Holguin. A prototype is currently under construction, with a view toward subsequent industrial production.

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Díaz-Canel continues government visit to review energy situation on the Isle of Youth

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The President of Cuba´s Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, continues his government visit to check on energy measures adopted in different regions of the country given current challenges. In a tweet, the President reported that authorities in the Isle of Youth had explained steps taken to maintain stability in the municipality’s economic and social life, despite the fuel shortage.

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A distillery completes a productive cycle in the sugar industry

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The reactivation of the Alficsa Plus S.A. distillery has already begun to bear fruit in Cienfuegos, with the first production of fine alcohols for Cuba and the world. The distillery – operated by a joint company with capital contributed by the AzCuba state enterprise group and a Spanish firm, and linked to the Antonio Sánchez sugar mill in the municipality of Aguada de Pasajeros – has successfully concluded its start-up period and initiated the production process.