Tholen - More than 1500 hectare of citrus in Ciego de Ávila has been seriously hurt by the economic blockade of the island Cuba by the United States, and most particularly by the lacking of credit in hard currency. Armenio Antonio Borroto Espinosa, director of the citrus company for the province, told the press that the fruit doubles in value when it arrives in Spain, because of the increase of the cost price due to the freight costs.
The production is also hampered by the fact that fertilizers and pesticides all need to be bought in Europe and it takes 90 days after deposit of the funds on international bank accounts, before materials are delivered. Also there is a shortage of modern irrigation equipment and agricultural machinery, which is also a consequence of the economic blockade that complicates the operations for the citrus company in Ciego de Ávila.
Publication date: March 01 2007
Author: André van der Wiel