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Cuba: Call to Urban Farmers in Cuba-Prepare for Less Fuel

Trabajadores, the official weekly organ of the only Cuban labor union federation, published on Monday a report that outlined the words of the Second Secretary of the Communist Party, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, saying that “a decrease in the availability of fuel is envisioned.”

The article cites an intervention by Machado Ventura, 88, and one the country’s vice presidents, at a recently held annual meeting on Urban and Suburban Agriculture and Family gardening program saying, “I recommend looking for watering cans to guarantee irrigation for the crops.”

These are the intensive urban gardening crops, centered on the production of vegetables, whose production in the immediate future concerns the Communist Party leader. He exhorted growers “to do more, to work with greater intensity, “to stabilize the supply to tourism, the population and substitute imports.

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