To date, more than 45 hectares of Roman-national potato have been planted in the province of Matanzas, as part of the schedule foreseen in the current campaign 2018-2019.
Producers are moving at a good pace in planting, said Roberto Gómez, head of the Agricultural Department in the Provincial Delegation of Agriculture. 90 percent of the land is in process and should be completed by the end of December or the beginning of the year, the executive confirmed.
Today, the Cooperatives of Agro-pecuarian Production Alberto Delgado and the Basic Units of Cooperative Production (UBPC) Gispert and Coronel, of the municipalities of Perico, Colón and Jovellanos, respectively, are working. Of the 15 productive bases inserted in this line, the Calimete, La Angelina and La Rueda units will be imported with imported potatoes before the end of November.
In the current potato campaign 1,500 hectares will be planted, of which 220 correspond to the Roman-national tuber and the rest is imported. The largest production volume is concentrated in the UBPC El Sordo, in the municipality of Martí.
Historically, in the Havana-Matanzas plain, potatoes are planted in the so-called winter season due to the low temperatures in the area, the scarce rainfall and the nutrient richness of their red iron soils.
For decades the country has prioritized this important crop and every year invests considerable financial resources for the nutritional value and productive potential of the tuber.