Las Tunas.- To hire and plant about 250 hectares and collect 325 tons of tobacco branches is the objective of the producers and workers of the Tobacco Collection, Beneficio and Twisting Company in the province of Las Tunas, during the 2023 campaign.
This was reported by Carlos Betancourt Almaguer, general director of the entity, who explained that in the territory it was decided to focus the work on farms with the best conditions and that allow yields equal to or more than 1.3 tons per hectare.
He said that in order to achieve the planned indicators, the seeds were watered in six thousand beds in seven towns – except Amancio – and that this work will ensure the postures demanded by the territory. He pointed out that the idea is to plant at the best time, before December 31.
“The tensions in the national economy, and especially the lack of fuel, have limited progress in the campaign schedule. We are currently experiencing delays in seedbeds and land preparation, although many actions have been implemented in the country to reverse this situation.
“The Tabacuba Business Group plans to contract its own income with a necessary minimum diesel to allow sowing and cultivation. In the next few hours the first games will be received, which will solve one of the fundamental problems of this moment.
Betancourt Almaguer pointed out that progress has been made in hiring and that it will allow us to have basic resources and inputs. He noted that there are already enough fertilizers and pesticides in the province to cover the first phase.
“Here in the territory it was decided to plant one hundred percent of the area with the Corojo 2006 variety, which is well received by the producers, because they have experience that comes over many years. In addition, in the selected the conditions made for the benefit of tobacco.
“The group is also looking for incentives to encourage farm planting and favor farmers. For example, the current price has been raised to 15 thousand pesos per ton and a 10 percent bonus will be given to those who achieve a yield of 1.4 tons per hectare and 50 percent of high-class leaves.
“Producers who have achieved these results in quantity and quality will also receive – after certification by specialists – a refund of 50 percent of the money invested in the inputs they bought from the company itself during the campaign .”
Finally, the manager assured that through these actions the contracting will be completed, the seedbed program will be accelerated and the preparation of the land will be guaranteed, resulting in better results in the cultivation of tobacco, one of the basic lines of Las Tunas.