Cuban agriculture could increase support for tourism

Cuban agriculture could increase support for tourism
Cuban agriculture could increase support for tourism

An article in the Granma newspaper points out this Tuesday that national production methods constitute a viable alternative to guarantee the supplies of fresh and processed agricultural products required by tourism operations.

The message insists that the country’s productive forms could guarantee the supplies of fresh agricultural products that tourism requires, when 65.8 percent of the total purchases of the Cuban tourism system to ensure the sustainability of the sector correspond to the national industry. .

The general director of Marketing of the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur) of Cuba, Pilar Álvarez, assured that such elements demonstrate that the sector continues to be the main driving agent of the economy and an important driving force of productive chains.

However, he considered that not all the potential of each territory has yet been exploited to contribute to the country’s tourism development.

He told Granma that today imports are substituted in the services of technological systems, as well as in the production of inputs, food and beverages, only importing what is not produced in the country.

He added that the direct effects of the intensified blockade (economic and financial pressure from the United States against Cuba) and the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic affected both tourism and the national industry, due to not having the financial resources at the time. prompt.

For this reason, he stressed, the challenge that the sector faces is to provide a service of excellence and advance in the development of tourism.

Álvarez meant that national productive forms constitute a viable alternative to guarantee the supplies of fresh and processed agricultural products that tourism operations require.

In general terms, he specified that contracts were made with more than 1,200 of these forms (credit and service cooperatives, agricultural production, independent producers, basic cooperative production units and local development projects), with deliveries of more than 25 percent. percent of what is required by the sector.

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