Cuban Province’s Charcoal Exports Grows Ten-Fold in a Decade
SANTA CLARA, Cuba, Jun 15 (acn)
Exports of charcoal from central Villa Calra province, some
250 kilometers east of Havana, grew ten-fold since 2002,
according to an official of the Forestry Enterprise in this
said exports this first half year already passed the 640
ton mark, especially charcoal made out of marabou, and when
he started in
his current position in 2002, exports were of 60 tons a
Currently, this activity is carried out by more than 60
farmers, who have
an payment system adjusted to the final results of labor,
food, clothing and proper protection, he said.
Estela Fernandez, Quality Specialist in the company, said
that experts are
closely monitoring the production, from cutting of the logs
in bags, a process that takes about 20 days.
Every moment has specific technical parameters, which
include the size and
thickness of the logs, measures that vary depending on the
plant that is
used and the characteristics of buyers, she said.
The firing process is a crucial time, since a high
percentage of quality
depends on the fire, its intensity and professionalism of
the operator to
take out the coals on time and avoid their burning too much.
The loss of any of the qualities required in export
contracts, affects the
economy and the worker, for that reason the controls and
checks are very
demanding, she said.
Spain is the largest market for marabou charcoal this
So far, studies shows customer acceptance, which is
manifested in the
prevailing high demand, she said.