Cuba can be self-sufficient in coffee
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According to the director of Coffee, Cocoa and Coconut of the Agroforestry Group of the Ministry of Agriculture, Elexis Legra, the use of cuttings and modernize nurseries to obtain plants is giving very positive results. The use of biotechnology and other modern techniques, as well as better varieties and seeds and new forms of stimulation, also contributed to an increase in production of 1,400 tons in 2019 compared to the previous year. However, the country imports about 24,000 tons of this grain annually, which is why an ambitious development plan has been proposed until 2030 to meet the needs of domestic consumption. Coffee is also a traditional export item of this island, particularly of the Arabica variety, which is in great demand due to its special aroma. Stimulating sales abroad, a priority objective of the policy drawn up by the country's management, and reducing imports, become an incentive for the development of this branch. This island can produce a competitive coffee, of quality, of high yields, but this depends on greater rigor in the application of new technologies.