Livestock Development Project to Benefit Camagüey and Sancti Spíritus Provinces

Livestock Development Project to Benefit Camagüey and Sancti Spíritus ProvincesCamagüey, Cuba, Aug 17. – Livestock-breeders in Camagüey and Sancti Spíritus provinces will be benefited with the so-called Development Project to Strengthen the Dairy Value Chain, sponsored by international organizations and under the supervision of the Cuban Association of Animal Production (ACPA). In the early stage of this project, the experience will be implemented in 40 cattle-handling facilities in the municipalities of Jimaguayú and Esmeralda, in Camagüey province, while in La Sierpe and in the administrative center of Sancti Spíritus province.

The gist of this program is to favour conditions to improve the quality of the pasteurized cow's milk, which will bring together a rise in the production by some 10 percent in each farmhouse.

Coordinator of this venture in Camagüey, Norbys Hidalgo Álvarez told that the project also intends to facilitate the women's incorporation into the livestock industry.

The handing over of resources to livestock-breeders like irrigation systems for grassland and assorted crops, the installing of windmills and the restoring of run-down cow-houses and other actions are part of the current diagnosis phase.

This stage also comprises the installation of four industrial freezers – three of them in the municipality of Esmeralda- the upgrading of the technology on refrigerator trucks, used to stockpile and transport this food, and the assembly of a small scale processing industry.

A multidisciplinary group made up by specialists of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Camagüey; the Provincial Meteorological Centre, the Institute for Water Science, the Experimental Station of Pasture and Roughage and the Dairy Products Company are working hard to push the above-mentioned project forth. ( Raysa Mestril Gutiérrez / Radio Cadena Agramonte).