In La Palma, the banana harvest was affected, but a large part can be put on sale to the population. / Photos: Jaliosky Ajete Rabeiro
Severe damages in agriculture were still reported yesterday morning in the northern municipality of La Palma in Pinar del Rio, where both specialists and farmers look for alternatives to recover and reduce losses in the fields.
Jorge Manuel Fuentes, head of production of the farm Los Guerrilleros, explained that they are working on production with the aim of recovering as many quintals as possible that still remain in the fields.
"At this moment there is still enough banana in the soil, so we have to test the land as well as we can. Now we are thinking of starting to plant short-cycle crops, such as sweet potatoes, beans and some vegetables to bring food to the population".
Marcial Pérez Cruz a farmer of the cooperative Froilán Carrasco who cultivates tobacco, said that "Michael" came at a peak of his crops, but thanks to the help of the different entities of the municipality managed to save part of them.
"The biggest loss was of cucumber and avocado, the latter is already being harvested. Now what is most urgent is the runoff of the soils to prepare them for the tobacco harvest that is about to begin and the collection of the seeds for future plantations ".
Finally, Maykel Otaño Vieyto, member of the agriculture direction of the municipality said that "the immediate recovery strategy is to recover all the agamic seeds we can, to guarantee the sowing in the coming months of November and December."
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