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By Dianelys Hernández Díaz
One of deficient lines in Pinar del Rio economy, in the agriculture field, is production of cow’s milk.
In order to know what is done to increase production in the territory, we visited the Base Unit of Cooperative Production Barrigona, located in the town of the same name, belonging to San Luis municipality, in Pinar del Río.
With Jose Angel Ortega Hernandez, manager of the entity, we started our journey. From the tractor wagon, it began contact with work performed by the 45 workers he leads since late 2011.
"Milkers begin between half past four and five o'clock. The milking, the cleanliness of areas, the feeding of animals and the care for other crops are daily tasks. There is always something to do.
"Two years ago, the panorama I found was different. We began by looking for the experienced personnel who had retired: the vet, the inseminator and others. Then, we started clearing land for grazing animals because marabou steals vital space to livestock.
"The core activity is production of milk and meat. Out of the 1.200 hectares of land we have, about 26 are planted with beans and tomatoes, other 39 with rice; this way, we replace imports.
"Rest of the land is occupied by cattle farming for dairy purposes, bulls and rams breeding. Soon, we will open the “mares’ yard” that is already enabled; waiting for the 16 females and the stallion.
"At the end of 2013, milk plan was overachieved, and we hope to do so again this year, with more than 42000 liters.
"Here, we apply the double milking, morning and afternoon. In order to preserve it until the car picks it up, we have a cold tank that came to us through Palma Project."
In his eloquence, Jose Angel shows love for what he does, and his enthusiasm is contagious. This San Luis native with his feet firmly on the ground, states that in "Barrigona": words and facts come together."
January 20th, 2014