The Fifth Cuban Conference on Forestry began on Wednesday at Havana’s Convention Center and will run through to April 29. During the opening ceremony, Vice Minister of Agriculture Ramon Frometa said that Cuba has the potential to increase export of forest resources
April 28, 2011
The Fifth Cuban Conference on Forestry began on Wednesday at Havana’s Convention Center and will run through to April 29.
During the opening ceremony, Vice Minister of Agriculture Ramon Frometa said that Cuba has the potential to increase export of forest resources. For example, in 2010, 31,000 tons of marabu charcoal was exported to Europe, accounting for more than US$ 6 million.
According to Frometa, given its significance for economy, society and environment, the Cuban agro-forest sector is included in the update of our economic and social model, the guidelines of which were recently drawn up at the Sixth Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba.
The development of forestry, along with the exploitation of the main assets and services offered by forest ecosystems, will enable to substantially reduce the import of timber and non-timber-yielding products, create new exportable goods, meet the domestic demand for wooden products and meet environmental and sociocultural needs related to forests, said Frometa.
The vice minister of Agriculture added that there are conditions to increase these contributions with the incorporation of new farmers to the sector through the leasing of idle land.
Frometa said that from the triumph of the Revolution, Cuba has implemented a strategic plan to recover, preserve and develop its forest areas. In 1959, forests represented barely 14% of the national territory and today they are more than 26% of the land.
The coordinator of Mi Programa Verde (My green program) project, Isabel Russo, said that the national forest strategy is aimed at increasing forest areas in Cuba, which are expected to be 29.3% of country’s land by 2015.
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