International Herald Tribune
The Associated Press
Published: April 15, 2008
HAVANA: Communist Cuba is expanding sales of agricultural equipment to small farmers and looking at new ways for them to sell their goods.
Orlando Lugo is president of the official National Association of Small Farmers. He says growers island-wide can now buy formerly controlled production tools such as machetes, wire, boots and herbicide for a local weed called "marabu."
The equipment went on sale in recent months at just three stores on the island.
Lugo said on state television Monday that the government is also examining new ways small farmers can commercialize goods.