According to local sources, new applications are underway while some areas prevail vacant or poorly exploited, the majority of them concentrated in the municipalities of La Sierpe and Sancti Spiritus.
The application process and the delivery of land in usufruct under the Decree-Law 259, effective since September 2008, keeps, so far this year, the upward trend and Sancti Spiritus, in central Cuba, currently counts on an area of 93,283 granted hectares for various agricultural purposes, of which the 75% is in operation.
Alexis Vega Perez, provincial director of Land Management, referred to Escambray that of the delivered terrains, the biggest catch has been given to 11 648 natural persons, and that livestock, with 44%, and miscellaneous crops with 37%, are the activities most favored by this process.
The official explained that new applications are underway while some areas prevail vacant or poorly exploited, the majority of them concentrated in the municipalities of La Sierpe and Sancti Spiritus.
Besides the increasing trend of people receiving land in usufruct to put it in terms of agricultural production, there are also over 500 cases reported that have been taken away the soil granted, and according to the director, the main cause lies in the application itself and to a lesser extent, the non-compliance of the defined object for the field, the inability of the usufructuary to use it, death and the violations of regulations governing its use.
While the Agriculture sector in Sancti Spiritus province benfits of the exploitation of these lands, the process requires moving towards a more precise knowledge of the actual impact caused by this measure in the food supply of the Cuban territory.
Hence, the need of the top leaders to strengthen the procurement process, the control and support of this productive segment with a great impact on the agrifood sector of this central region of Cuba.