It has only a little more than a year in full production and the honey benefit plant of western Cuba, and its more than 20 workers, make significant contributions to the country's economy, thanks to the exports of the valued food.
That entity, belonging to the Cuban Beekeeping Company (Apicuba) and located in Caimito, fulfilled its benefit commitments for 2019 in late November; and they did not stop, because raw material continued arriving from all over the west region of the country , in a year of exceeding volumes of collection in tropical regions.
According to Rigoberto Velázquez, UEB manager , during 2019 they had to face an unexpected productive boom, which increased levels of activity in the plant, but in turn allowed them to overcomply with almost each of the indicators before the end of the year.
“Overproduction sometimes forced us to distribute workers in shifts that covered an extended schedule; it became from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm. Thus we were able to face this huge challenge and ensure a constant production of lots for export, ”explains Carlos León, specialist in Technical and Material Insurance.
These measures and workers´efforts allowed to benefit late November 2365 tons of the valued food, 120% of what was planned for the year. And they had exported almost 2000 tons, 115% of what was expected.
Honey for internal economy is also produced, more than 270 tons at the time of our visit, almost nine above what they had to deliver. According to the data provided by Maydelín Tabares, the entity's main specialist in Economics, sales amount to nine million 632 620 pesos in total currency, the vast majority in currencies.
According to León, they had received almost 3300 tons of honey ; therefore, there were still lots to sell in the warehouse, which would increase such figures, and about 900 tons that will allow them to keep up the pace of work by these days in the beginning of 2020.
“Honey is our star product, but we also export surpluses from production, such as wax and propolis. From the first item we have sold more than 18 tons, and about 424 kilograms of red propolis, for which we have a regular customer, ”says Velázquez.
“We are currently looking for a market for cheaper brown propolis, however with higher volumes of existence. Both are highly valued internationally for their medicinal properties, ” the manager adds.
Despite the busyness of the year, the workers' rewards were not entirely high, as the abundance of honey affected prices worldwide, and this has resulted in average salaries around 1412 pesos for workers linked to production and 1019 for administrative; However, they are still involved in benefiting more and with higher quality.
In the near future, new growth opportunities for the West UEB will appear , as they negotiate to set up a line of small-format and mini-dose containers, which will be possible thanks to foreign investment.
Due to its productive achievements , its contribution to national economy and for having paid the cost of the investment in this period, when five years were planned for this, this entity has been nominated Cuba Workers Federation (CTC) in the province to receive the status of National Vanguard , for the Union of Agricultural, Forestry and Tobacco Workers, which undoubtedly they deserve.
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