Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Cuba back on track


Cuban citrus back on track

Story published: Tue 29 Aug 06 11:01

The largest Cuban citrus growing area – Jaguey Grande – is expecting a 600,000 tonne crop of grapefruit and oranges. Production area is split 3:2 between oranges and grapefruit respectively and in volume terms the grapefruit crop accounts for roughly half of the total.

The Jaguey Grange area represents 60 per cent of the national crop and some 70-80 per cent of exports. Last season yields were down by half largely due to the activity of hurricane Dennis, which swept the island in July last year.

According to reports from Radio Rebelde earlier this week plantations in Jaguey Grande are yielding some 25 tonnes a hectare.

Citrus has become Cuba’s second most important export crop after tobacco.

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