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April 15, 1999. >

CUBAN POTATO PRODUCERS EXPECT GOOD CROP THIS YEAR By Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - The producers in the Havana province who harvest the fields that produce farm products are beginning to congratulate themselves this year.

After two years of very small harvests - because of climatic and palmis thrips (insect) problems - they believe they will produce a "papazo" (literally, huge potato, meaning an abundance of potatoes) for the market this year.

The harvest of one of the produce items most consumed in this country is at the point of ending and it is anticipated that the amount gathered will reach 2,530,000 tons (2,300,000 quintales; one quintal = 100 kilograms). This quantity would allow a part of the crop to be frozen so that it might be distributed throughout the year and more by way of the ration books.

Although the production will be high, the size of the planting acreage was down by 350 caballerias (one Cuban caballeria = 33.3 acres) and the total harvest will be less than in 1992 and 1996.

According to Leonardo Cuesta, government reporter writing in the April 13 edition of "El Habanero" (The Havanan, a periodical), "It is hoped that the producers of plantains, sweet potato, yuca, corn, beans and malanga (a Cuban root crop) can work with as much dedication and urgency as the potato producers."

Tania Quintero, Cuba Free Press.


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