Cuba’s president urges leap into sugar industry – Escambray

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has called for a technological and organizational leap in the country’s sugar agro-industry to diversify productions and provide them with added value, since the sector has the experience to undertake the transformations, reported the local press.

“We can’t keep doing the same thing when times have changed and life tells us to move on to other concepts,” Diaz-Canel told participants of a workshop attended by managers, industrial technicians and sugar cane growers.

Around 480,000 tonnes of sugar were produced, with 36 factories crushing just over six million tonnes of cane in the 2021-2022 harvest, the lowest production in over a hundred years.

According to the local press, “the agro-industry is starting a new management model, in which the exclusive production of sugar is not the center of all calculations, strategies, efforts, and even the source of income major”.

The seminar, which brought together more than a hundred specialists, was devoted to the analysis of the main problems and challenges of the sector. Also attending were academics, scientists and other experts related to the field.

For Diaz-Canel, the sugar agribusiness has “a mass of committed workers (…), with a sense of belonging, who are convinced that the sector can still recover, and this is something that is between our hands, each seeking this recovery. ”.

During the meeting, about twenty managers, specialists, experts and scientists explained the work they do in their fields, and spoke of the difficulties, the limits, but also of the results, while reflecting on the potential of the sector, which , as the Cuban president said, “if we know how to take advantage of it, we will move on to another moment in the production of sugar cane and its derivatives.”

Rachel J. Bradford