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Coffee growing expansion.

COFFEE GROWING EXPANSION. In an effort to stop low production the past few years, the Ministry of Agriculture agreed to expand coffee plantations by nearly 17,791 acres, reports ACN (March 24, 2011). Jose Antonio Labrada, production specialist of the Ministry's business group, said this will replace old plants (over 27 years of harvesting) in the main coffee production areas. Labrada said plants sown this year will be harvested in 2015. 87% of Cuba's coffee is produced in Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, Granma and Holguin. The National Association of Small Farmers says the coffee plan for 2010 was only 72% fulfilled, with a little more than 6,700 tons harvested.

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Publication:Caribbean Update
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Date:May 1, 2011
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