CUBA ASSISTING IN TOBACCO CULTIVATION.As part of an EC$5 million loan project, Cuba is helping Antigua & Barbuda get into tobacco cultivation cultivation, tilling or manipulation of the soil, done primarily to eliminate weeds that compete with crops for water and nutrients. Cultivation may be used in crusted soils to increase soil aeration and infiltration of water; it may also be used to move soil to or to manufacture cigars for tourists, said Junior Agriculture Minister Rupert Sterling, reports Agencia EFE EfE Environment for Europe (EU)
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Other aspects of the Cuban-funded project include the construction of a water-supply system water-supply system
Facilities for the collection, treatment, storage, and distribution of water. Ancient systems included wells, storage reservoirs, canals and aqueducts, and water-distribution systems. Highly advanced systems appeared c. , an organic fertilizer fertilizer, organic or inorganic material containing one or more of the nutrients—mainly nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, and other essential elements required for plant growth. , a bio-pesticide plant and the provision of technical assistance to farmers. Sterling said initial results of tobacco cultivated here as an experiment have been good but specimens of the plants, soil and water samples have been carried to Cuba for more tests to be conducted. "They said that it is as good as anything they have in Cuba. The leaf is healthy, the soil is good, the texture is good, but they have to now get into other substantive areas, such as nicotine nicotine, C10H14N2, poisonous, pale yellow, oily liquid alkaloid with a pungent odor and an acrid taste. It turns brown on exposure to air. content," he said; Once the tests reveal that planting tobacco here would be feasible, commercial cultivation will begin in September on about 20 acres of land set aside for the project. Authorities intend to use the tobacco to make Antigua brand-name cigars that can fetch high prices on the local tourist market; The tobacco cultivation program is said to be less than 5% of the overall agricultural diversification Diversification
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Diversification is possibly the greatest way to reduce the risk. program; 50% is dedicated to ensuring that water is available to farmers all year round. Cuba is providing experts for building mini-dams, sealing ponds and installing drip irrigation