CAMAGÜEY.–In an extensive tour of farming and ranching areas in this province, José Ramón Machado Ventura, second Party secretary and a vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, confirmed that new ways of thinking and working are gaining ground among cattle ranchers here, leading to much-needed diversification and an increase in the delivery of foodstuffs to society.
Visiting a center where calves are weaned early and raised artificially, Machado noted the contribution of this type of facility to the recovery of the cattle industry.
Accompanied by Jorge Luis Tapia Fonseca and Isabel González Cárdenas, leaders of the Party and People's Power in Camagüey, respectively, Machado confirmed that work is progressing on rehabilitation of infrastructure that will ensure veterinary attention to livestock in the municipalities of Guáimaro, Sibanicú and Jimaguayú.
The program includes the reopening of dairies, centers for the development of heifers, and pastures for the fattening of animals, which should lead to improved reproduction and better genetic quality of cattle, meaning more meat and milk for the population.
The effort was evident at the Evelio Rodríguez Curbelo Credit and Services Cooperative, the first in the country to reach the goal of a million liters of milk sold to industry, and at the dairy 1-14, affiliated with the La Paz unit of cooperative production, where more than 100,000 liters have been delivered.
Machado Ventura commented here that everyone has the right to benefit economically from their efforts - the individual worker, the cooperative, the state enterprise - but that everyone must keep the nation's interests foremost in mind, since the state has allocated significant resources to support an increase in agricultural production.
"That is why," he said, "directors, workers, and farmers must know how much every piece of equipment the state puts at their disposal costs; in what time period an investment must be repaid; how to take maximum advantage of a piece of land or resource; and how the main indicators of efficiency are performing. This is administration, definitely."
Machado likewise visited the Manuel Ascunce Domenech University Hospital in the city of Camagüey, an institution that today features more comfort and improved medical services, as well as better results in surgery and teaching, 55 years after it was inaugurated by José Ramón Machado Ventura himself, when he served as Minister of Public Health.