24 January, 2022

Radio26.Cu – Matanzas, Cuba

The Radio Station of your Heart from Matanzas, Cuba

The potato harvest expected to concludein April in Matanzas.

At the end of April, the potato harvest is expected to conclude in Matanzas with higher yields than last season, as reported by Lázaro Jesús Bello, agricultural sub-delegate in the territory.

Estimates to date express yields in domestic potatoes above 20 tons per hectare and in imported ones above 19. These figures will be final at the end of the current season, concluded the specialist.

Currently there are 180 ha to be harvested in the El Sordo  Base Unit Cooperative Production and in the Máximo Gómez Agricultural Company. To this are added 300 hectares in the process of being hangover located in Perico and Martí, added the agricultural sub-delegate.

To date, more than 24 thousand tons have been produced and it is estimated to reach the same result as in the 2019-2020 campaign, although this time fewer areas were planted.

Unquestionably this has been influenced by the new price of the tuber, and the favorable climatic conditions marked by the absence of rains that have allowed progress in the harvest and in the quality of the seed.

It has also favored the assurance of supplies with transportation to comply with the agreement for delivery to the refrigerator of the national balance.

Today, work is being done to complete the campaign, although brigades of harvesters have been affected by covid-19.

Historically, potatoes are planted in the Havana-Matanzas Plain during the so-called winter season due to the low temperatures in the area, the low rainfall and the nutrient richness of its red ferralitic soils.

For decades the country has prioritized this important crop and each year invests considerable resources in it despite the restrictions derived from the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the island by the United States.