Vietnam Contributes to Boost Agricultural Production in Cuba

Havana, December 17 (RHC) –- Vietnam has agreed to boost Cuban crops of maize and soya beans through the introduction of new high yield varieties developed in that country.

An agreement signed by the two countries to set up demonstration areas in the Western Cuban provinces of Mayabeque and Matanzas.

Doctor Nguyen Van Bo, Chairman of Vietnam´s Agricultural Sciences Academy, said at a meeting with Cuban producers and officials of the Ministry of Agriculture that the results of initial tests are very encouraging.

Cuba, he said, has ample possibilities for bumper crops of maize and soya beans, and will be able to replace imports of both commodities by domestically produced high yield crops.

Nguyen Van Bo praised the efforts of Cuban agricultural producers in deciding on new varieties and techniques.

Nelson Lorenzo is one of the Cuban technicians that joined this productive effort. He said that with the introduction of the Vietnamese techniques, the production of maize has increased six-fold.  Yields, he said, have skyrocketed from one ton to six tons per hectare.