One of the main economic activities of this Eastern region begins its recovery after the lashing suffered after the passing of hurricane Matthew
MAISÍ, Guantánamo.— In the works for the restoration of coffee plantations after the devastation caused by hurricane Matthew in this region, rather than long the path has been intense. Otherwise it wouldn’t have been possible that three months after the phenomenon affected the coffee plantations in the area, most of the plantations show signs of recovery.
Out of the 4 958 hectares damaged, 3 564 will be saved, a task which was projected for eight months to be complete. The rest are plantations whose existence excel the 20 years of production, and over one thousand hectares will be renewed, according to local expert coffee grower Leonel Pelegrín Ortiz.
This area was invaded by 12 brigades from all the coffee companies of the country, equipped with chain saws and other tools. They opened the way and even through humidity and rain, they started to change the gloomy panorama accentuated by the loss of 16, 109, 000 pesos.
Thanks to this effort it is not crazy to anticipate a harvest in 2017, at least for a start; a battle which in terms of collection is far from the producing potential before the hurricane (1, 200, 000 cans), below the 300 000 cans expected when Matthew made landfall there, amid the harvest and with around 86 000 cans of the red grain in the plantations. But that’s the start of the recovery.
Around 80 000 cans will be collected this year, from 1 700 hectares recovered. The rest of the recovered areas are in progress.
The restoration of coffee production, which includes the renewal of thousands of hectares, in progress before Matthew, had a clear definition: in 2020 all the planted areas would be between nine and twelve years old, and only then the achievement of the producing potential of Maisí would be a fact. Now the term is postponed because the recovery demands great efforts, among other actions 12 million pesos and a half are added to the investment.
The reestablishment of coffee plantations is vital for the local and domestic economy, since it is Maisí’s main economic activity ( 3 200 growers and their families depend on it). This municipality is the greatest contributor of this product.Translated by ESTI