10/17/13 - Radio Cadena Agramonte - Inventiveness of Cubans in Agribusiness Sector Extolled
Camagüey, Oct 17. Inventiveness is key for mechanics and other workshop
employees in the agribusiness sector in Camagüey province when it comes to
face the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade on Cuba. For
years, they have had to build spare parts to keep old vehicles and
Despite limitations imposed by the U.S. blockade, these workers have not
given up, thanks to which vehicles and machines necessary to work the land,
transport the crop and do other activities still are functioning.
Maikel Ramírez, Chief of the Machinery Department of the Ministry of
Agriculture (MINAGRI) branch office in Camagüey, claimed that the blockade
has a direct and very negative impact on the farming sector, because
tractors and other equipment can not be used intensively by our operators.
Frequently, our mechanics can not fix breakages which, in other
circumstances, could be solved without much complication. It occurs on a
regular basis because the country does not have the spare parts they need,
and to buy them one has to access markets in faraway countries.
Consequently, prices rise, he added.
The U.S. blockade also affects the proper functioning of our machine tools
and transportation. Our personnel keep the trucks and other vehicles on the
roads thanks to their talent and ingenuity, Ramírez told press.
Every day, Ramírez explained, they strive to resolve many problems, on the
contrary, many machinery would be dumped, so our land wont be producing.
It is worth to note that when they have to repair or build a new spare
part, most of the time they have to use recovered materials. (Raysa Mestril
Gutiérrez/Radio Cadena Agramonte).
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