Artemisa, Cuba - Salvador Valdés Mesa, First Vice President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, visited the Tobacco Research Institute located in San Antonio de los Baños, with the objective of learning about the investment process and the fulfillment of the work objectives of this scientific center.
The Cuban leader exchanged with the workers of the Institute, 33 categorized researchers who maintain the center's main objective: to develop research projects in correspondence with the demands of the agricultural, pre-industrial, industrial and marketing processes.
An essential task for this Institute is the specialized production of original, basic and certified seed, in order to obtain plants in the 30,000 hectares currently destined for tobacco production in Cuba. In this regard, an investment is underway (3.5 million pesos) for the creation of a Tobacco Seed Pelleting Plant, which will start functioning after its inauguration, scheduled for June. With this plant, the only one of its kind in Cuba and second in Latin America, the use of seed is optimized and its size increases up to two millimeters.
It is intended to use colors to identify the types of tobacco. Red (Black Tobacco), blue (Criollo 2010), green (Burley) and yellow (Virginia). With this plant the demands of the tobacco seed required at the national level will be met, although Salvador Valdés Mesa exhorted the Institute to consider the possibility of exporting this service taking into account its importance for the saving of seeds.
Anayansi Cuéllar, director of the center, reported that it is planned to reach 3 tons per hectare of the Virginia variety this year, as well as maintain the rescue of the Habano 92 to meet the demand of the industry since it has the highest international values.
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