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Milk Production in Camagüey benefits from rains, water storage

21 March 2008

CUBA - The dry summer season, that in the past has caused local milk production to crash has passed this year without too many problems, thanks to new the water storage arrangements, reports Gualveris Rosales Sánchez.

Albérico Morales, deputy director of the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG) in Camaguey, stated that sales from local livestock farmers to state-run companies registered 98 percent of predictions for 2008.

He added that the rainy season has been apparently stronger in the central area, the main dairy region of this eastern province, and the largest in Cuba.

Although there are generally few ground wells for pumping water from underground, the situation in Camaguey is not as critical because 500 wells have been installed on farms over the last four years, totalling 700 in the entire province.

Rainfalls in 2006 and 2007, were plentiful, after five years of drought. As a result hundreds of small reservoirs in livestock farms have enough water to provide the herds with this highly prized liquid.

Other aspects which have contributed to the increase in production result from the State deciding to purchase the milk directly from the farmers and resultant improved prices.

Camagüey finished the last year with a production of over 75 million litres, sold to companies of the ministries of Food and of Domestic Commerce, up from 69 millions in 2006.

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