and Viet Nam Implement Program to Boost Rice Production
PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba, Feb 2 (acn) A Cuba-Viet Nam cooperation
program to obtain seeds and to organize and boost the production
of rice will soon be implemented in 40,000 hectares of the
Caribbean nation, including the westernmost Cuban province of
Pinar del Rio.
Elizabeth Cristo, a member of
the project and genetic improvement
researcher at the Experimental Station of Los Palacios in
Pinar del Rio,
told ACN that 100 hectares of land in the eastern part of
are currently being prepared for this initiative, which aims
the Cuban and Vietnamese rice growing technologies in order
to foster the
best techniques and results.
The specialist noted that the main differences regarding
in Cuba and Viet Nam have to do with the transplantation of
way to sow them, and the fertilization cycles and
Bilateral cooperation in this area began in 2002 in the
province of Granma and it later extended to territories like
Rio, which has one of the biggest agro-industrial rice
complexes of the
country and an Experimental Station that produces the
majority of the rice
varieties cultivated in Cuba.
This project, as others under way, will contribute to an
increase of the rice production in the Caribbean country.
According to press reports, Cuba imports more than 400,000
tons of rice
per year, which represents 60% of the total amount consumed
by the Cuban