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    This is how milk production improves in Ciego de Ávila

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    The steep slope that has been rising in the Dairy in Ciego de Ávila is backed by a contradiction that, like wire hair, entangles the finances of the ranchers: the more milk and over compliance, the greater the debt. In addition, this debt, until last week, was about 60,000 MLC; the currency with which they would be discounted.

    There are those who have been waiting since February for the amount that has been accumulating to the Dairy without being able to do anything there, as long as the collection of milk does not reach the point where, then, the logic is inversely proportional: the more milk and over compliance, the less debt. Or nothing.

    What would that point be? Invasor asks Rubén Pina Ángel Bello, the director of production at the Dairy Company, who explains the livestock contradiction with all sense, in favor of the industry.

    "Many are over-fulfilling, on average, about 800 each month and our contracts are with 2,309 farmers (which should continue to increase), but even when the company reaches 110 percent over-compliance with the milk plan, the destination of our productions it does not generate all the convertible currency that we need”, he comments.

    “That's none of my business, I did my part…and I overdid it,” any farmer in need of a currency that sells almost everything could say with good reason, also on his part.

    Moreover, how do I pay off my debt if the bulk of my products don't even cover the cost of production in the other currency where I don't buy almost anything either?

    However, the "pun" is explained with another entanglement, apparently absurd. Today, farmers of the region average 21,900 liters of milk more daily than last year. Hence, the over compliance they carry. However, this excess is still lower than the volumes registered by the Dairy last year. Why?

    Well, because before the industry received about 70 tons of powdered milk annually, and part of its productions and routes were covered with that volume, which, translated into fluid milk, would be about 700,000 liters. The figures are offered by Pina, who knows that farmers would have to cover the import that represents about 19,000 liters of milk per day and, on top of that, contribute more to make ice cream, yogurt, butter, cheese...products that are later translated into MLC.

    Nevertheless, with plans that today are "imputed" to the skinny and fat cows, to those that give much more than what they say on paper and to those that neither calve nor give milk, the total volume of the Dairy must exceed 16 million liters by 2022. An accumulation that exceeds last year's goal by around one million, although they ended up staying at just over 12 million.

    • Read here a text that demonstrates how milk “evaporated” last yearIn this current context, the overachievers carry the havoc of those who do not even come close to their goal or in power of the approved marketing policy, sell their "surplus" to the destination they consider. In addition, by not generating the MLC, they end up as a team of oxen that do not pull even. They are disenjoyed.

    Besides, given the logical debt of the Dairy with the overachievers (and perhaps precisely for this reason) others have applied theirs: they produce their derivatives and sell them or go to the informal market where a liter can reach 50.00 pesos and an MLC reach 110.

    They apply the convertibility that the State does not apply and deduce that by selling “outside” they earn more than with the over compliance for which they receive 20.00 pesos, plus 0.10 cents of MLC. Those cents, at the informal rate, represent about 11.00 pesos (110/10). In other words, the exceeded liter leaves them with 31.00 pesos; below the liter in the street.

    Therefore, fulfilling the plan has, right now, the handicap of convertibility and the call to honor it for the importance of its destiny. Of the almost 44,000 liters per day that the industry needs, only the basic basket consumes, between allowances and quotas, about 38 thousand. Fortunately for many and unfortunately for the Dairy's finances, this delivery is not reversed in hard currency.

    To capture it, they must continue climbing a slope that is not slippery for those who have already climbed it, nor too steep for those who have not yet climbed it. Moreover, although they are on their way to reaching it, they are not there yet. For some the route is in suspensive points, an uncertainty that could cut the milk.