A program to modernize the century-old sugar industry is underway in Cuba. One strategy is to replace the old Soviet technology of KTP1 harvesting machines by efficient machines from Brazil.
Since 2008, the project Vitrine is being implemented at the mill “Jesus Rabi”, 160 km east of Havana, trying to revive the sugar industry, which for years had been the backbone of the island’s economy and declined after the end of the USSR in the 90´s. The production of 8.2 million tons fell to 1.1 million last year, worst result in 105 years.
President Raul Castro is restructuring the sector, which should take place under three principles: “New technologies, precision agriculture and industrial automation.” Even foreign investments are being studied, as well as incentives to local producers.