Cuban Farmers Ratify Commitment to Boost Agricultural Productions

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Farmers of Sancti Spiritus also join the commitment to foster agriculture. (Photo: Vicente Brito / Escambray)

Cuban farmers celebrated the 56th anniversary of the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP) last May 17th

Cuban farmers ratified Wednesday their commitment to foster agricultural productions, on occasion of the 56th anniversary of the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP).

The commemoration took place Wednesday in the western province of Matanzas where Rafael Santiesteban, president of that organization, called for further transformation of productive results, the saving of resources, the protection of the environment, and the substitution of exports, among other actions.

The leader said that this is the first commemoration held without the physical presence of Fidel Castro, reason why “we reiterate our commitment to his ideas, to boost agricultural production, and to enhance the pride of being Cuban”.

The Cuban Farmers’ Day is celebrated every May 17 to evoke the murder of Niceto Pérez, a humble land worker and a strong opponent to all kinds of abuses against rural people, who was killed in 1946, in the eastern territory of Guantánamo.

That day was also chosen by Fidel Castro to enact the First Agrarian Reform Law in 1959, a historic event that took place in La Plata, Sierra Maestra, where the headquarters of the Rebel Army was established during the war waged against the Fulgencio Batista regime.

Taken from Granma, and translated by Escambray

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