The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 21, 1968 · Page 18
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 18

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, November 21, 1968
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Between now and next May, most of the ordinary business will be interrupted in Cuba. As during the last seven harvests, hundreds of thousands of city "volunteers" will join 250.000 regular cane cutters in the fields, while factories, offices and shops will close intermittently or operate with skeleton staffs. The government has not announced its estimate of 1969 sugar production. But experts believe it will fall considerably short of the nine-million-ton target, possibly totaling between five and six million metric tons, (one metric ton-2,204 pounds.) The importance of sugar for the Cuban economy is enormous. Sugar represents 85 per cent of the country's exports, and over 90 per cent of her commerce with the Soviet Union, Cuba's principal trading partner. The tonnage of the next crop is expected to be the major subject under discussion at the delicate and unusually lengthy Cuban-Soviet negotiations for the 1969 trade exchange. The talks are under way in Moscow. Even if sugar production reaches six million tons, Moscow might have to give Havana another large credit for the 1969 trade imbalance, possibly increasing Cuba's debt to more than $2 million. Under a 1964 agreement, Cuba was to deliver through the Soviet Union 24.1 million tons of sugar during the 1965-70 period 2.1 million tons in 1965; 3 million in 1966 ; 4 million in 1967, and 5 million each in 1968, 69 and 70. Only in 1965 was Cuba able to meet her commitment. In the following three years, she reportedly exported to the Soviet Union about half of the 12 million tons pledged. The country's ability to keep its delivery schedules was contingent on attaining the annual goals of Premier Fidel Castro's 1965 sugar plan, which called for production of 41 million tons during the 1966-70 period. According to the plan which since became the only blueprint for Cuba's socialist economic development Cuba was to produce 6.5 million tons of sugar in 1966; 7.5 million in 1967; 8 million this year; 9 million in 1969, and 10 million in 1970. However, in 1965 Cuba had a 4.5-million-ton sugar crop, and a 6 2-million-ton crop in 1967. Although the government has not announced the total of 1968 sugar output, it was estimated at 5.2 million tons. Before the 1950 revolution, Cuba's sugar harvests used to begin in January and take about 100 days to complete. An early start of the harvest is economically wasteful, as much cane is ground prematurely before the highest sucrose content of 12 per cent of cane is reached in February or March. Under the Castro administration, the harvests, which began late in November or December, averaged 150 days without any appreciable increase in production compared with the pre-revolution-ary period. Lower labor productivity, organizational problems and bad weather have been cited by the government as reasons for less-than-satisfactory crops. Since the Cuban economy is not profit-oriented, there are official figures on the cost of sugar production, but it is believed to be much higher than the 2.5 cents a pound before 1959. As though expecting the 1969 crop not to be high, Cuban leaders have been recently stressing its importance mainly as a test run for the planned record harvest. According to Castro, to produce 10 million tons of sugar in 1970, in addition to increasing the average yield of cane per area by 38 per cent, Cuba would have to expand the grinding capacity of many of her 152 sugar mills and to make sweeping improvements in her cane transportation system. Dallas Church Sets Mass For JFK DALLAS (AP) - A Mass will be said at Holy Trinity church Friday for the late President John F. Kennedy. The Very Rev. Oscar L. Hubert, former priest at Holy Trinity, administered the last rites' to the President at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Kennedy was shot five years ago Nov. 22 as he rode through Dealey Plaza in a motorcade. A $100,000 memorial to him, to be located two blocks from the plaza, is scheduled for completion in October of 1969. deluxe color console television CHECK JM FIELDS LOW, LOW DISCOUNT PRICE NO MONEY DOWN Take up to 3 years to pay on J.M. Fields extended payment plan 1L Jt iinnrnuster specials - PORTABLE TV RECTANGULAR SCREEN C O BUILT IN '00 ANTENNA vSOLETTE .i.oi mi these sensauuu W0GREWST0RB PORTABLE COLOR TV U" SCREEN MEAS. DIAG. 249 18" PORTABLE TV 172 SQ. IN. 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