Food sovereignty plan to replace imports in Cuba

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During the presentation of the popular government program, Elizabeth Turruellas, Director of Agriculture, noted that more than 300 specialists from several fields, ministries and political and mass organizations were involved in the design of the proposal.

“This is a multisectoral and multi-level plan and a commitment to work in municipalities for the consolidation of sovereign and sustainable local food systems,” she stressed during a meeting with the press. at the Jose Marti International Institute of Journalism.

Turruellas explained that the SAN is in an implementation phase and its activities include holding workshops on stimulating popular education and nutrition, amid the complexities of the impact of the Covid pandemic. -19.

However, she mentioned the potential of Cuba, including the different types of soil and the possibility of producing all the seeds, as well as the measures taken in recent years directly related to the plan.

Brazilian journalist and writer Frei Betto, SAN advisor in Cuba, insisted on the need to replace the two billion dollars that the country invests per year in the importation of foodstuffs to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants and the development of the sector.

In this sense, a fundamental factor for the success of the program will be the involvement of all citizens, organizations, cooperatives, farmers, etc., as well as overcoming food prejudices and promoting nutritional education in families, has t -he declares.

Betto alluded to nearly 900 million people around the world who are chronically hungry, but the fundamental problem “is not a lack of food, but of justice”.

In the case of Cuba, despite the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States and the climatic problems having an impact on agriculture, “there is a government which deals with solving the problems”, a- he declared.

Representatives of the European Union in Cuba and journalist Ariel Terrero, director of the José Marti International Institute, participated in the presentation of the SAN brochure.

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