Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel learned about development strategies being promoted in Camagüey, during a government visit.
Díaz-Canel visited Cultisur de Santa Cruz del Sur, where he learned of steps taken with respect to basic structures to facilitate greater productivity in the food industry.
There, the head of state also learned details about import substitution, promotion of local development, innovation, computerization, links with the university, and difficulties in the territory.
First Vice-President Salvador Valdés Mesa visited an urban farm as part of the government's visit to Camagüey.
There he insisted on the quality of what is sold and the control of merchandise, to which Minister of Agriculture Gustavo Rodríguez Rollero, added that established price lists must be respected.
Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, visited the Sola agricultural-citrus enterprise, where he called for efforts to increase exports.
Meanwhile, Vice President Roberto Morales Ojeda met with professors and students at the University of Camagüey, who agreed to work on strengthening links between higher education and companies.
This is the second government visit to Camagüey by the President and members of the Council of Ministers.
During his visits to Cuban provinces, the President has emphasized the country's prioritized tasks, such as the construction of housing, food production, and local production of construction materials.
He insists that the country has two key priorities: defense preparedness and economic development, while reiterating the need to create productive links with tourism and other sectors, promoting sustainable local development.
The President noted that local development produces an increase in salaries, improvement in the standard of living of the population, and favors food sovereignty.
Since his arrival to the Presidency, Díaz-Canel has emphasized that the strategy is to work tirelessly with alternatives already designed, without abandoning the objectives set in terms of improving the people's welfare.
DÍAZ-CANEL FOCUSED ON FOOD PRODUCTION
The priority of food production led Miguel Díaz-Canel, to the Industrial Fisheries
Company of Santa Cruz del Sur (Episur).
The substitution of imports and the development of exportable items were key points addressed during the stay in this southern territory which has been able to diversify production beyond seafood.
With certified food and safety standards in its 13 sales outlets, and its two brands (Marisur and Verdesolas) extended internationally, Episur concluded 2018 with the highest production in its history, 1,670 tons of seafood.
The President's tour, accompanied by vice-presidents of the Councils of State and of Ministers and heads of ministries, included a stop at the Sola agricultural company, with the presence of Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz.
“We must always think about adding value to products; it is important that organic items are promoted here, which are sold at higher prices in the market,” he said according to the Adelante website.
The day also included conversations between students and professors at Ignacio Agramonte Loynaz University of Camagüey with Roberto Morales, a vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, who noted the vital importance of “going more and more to science” in the future, to support development of Cuba's economic and