More coffee, COCOA, honey planned.
MORE COFFEE, COCOA, HONEY PLANNED. Agriculture Minister Gustavo Rodriguez said the Cuban government will grant loans to cooperatives in an effort to increase the production of coffee, cocoa and honey, which are now bought in the international market, reports ACN (Dec. 29, 2010). During the second meeting of the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP), Rodriguez said 244 agricultural cooperatives will take part in this initiative, and that they will receive a commercial loan, which the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture will pay gradually. ANAP president Orlando Lugo noted the importance of investing in high yield areas. At the meeting, farmers talked about boosting the production of pork meat, eggs, cow milk, sugar cane, and fodder and other products for animal consumption.