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Pastos y Forrajes

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MACHADO, Hilda et al. Revivification of UBPCs as socialist production organization: strategy of agricultural development in Matanzas, Cuba. Pastos y Forrajes [online]. 2009, vol.32, n.1, pp.1-1. ISSN 0864-0394.

A work of participatory strategic planning was conducted in 20 Basic Units of Cooperative Production of food crops and livestock production from Matanzas province, using participatory methods; the aspects related to the capacity of the entity to offer welfare to the partners through income and food. The main needs of the cooperative, the income and food sources of the families that belong to them were analyzed, as well as the situation of the natural resources that are patrimony of each agricultural entity, their strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities, and the processes developed in the action of UBPCs through the productive chain. UBPCs supply only 21% of the food required by their families and 40% of the income. The lack of autonomy and productive inputs, inefficiency of supplying enterprises; problems with commercialization of products in convertible currency and deficient management policies are among the main threats perceived by participants; the dissatisfaction of the workers was the main weakness; while their human and natural resources are perceived to be the main strengths. However, the availability of goods and services of the ecosystems has been decreasing as consequence of the action of man, who has caused the decrease of soil fertility and biodiversity. This group of problems is an important cause of the low productivity observed in these units.

Keywords : Cooperatives; ecosystem; planning.

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