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    Peasants from Ciego de Ávila are now tobacco grower in Pinar del Río

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    Last Saturday morning, 30 peasants from Ciego de Ávila got on a bus and were escorted to the tip of Cuba, after the usual farewell —including the handshakes that peasants usually give each other with such force that they scare, even if they are not unexpected.

    Campesinos avileños ahora son vegueros en Pinar

    Nevertheless, on Sunday, they needed a greater force when they saw the magnitude of the disaster, because in all of Ciego de Ávila geography there is not even a tenth of the tobacco infrastructure that Pinar del Río has, or that it had before Ian: then 90 percent it would be damaged, almost all collapsed.

    Seeing so many tobacco houses together, on the floor, must have intimidated even the strongest of the carpenters who set up the bus, right at the monument to the Trail from Júcaro to Morón, where they were flag-bearers. The same place that the rebels would cross with a clean machete and from which they started now (with machetes and even chainsaws) also, because other shows of solidarity had already been given in this province before, and they, accustomed to always doing something, surely they have "itchy".

    Well, their time has come and they will need much more strength than that of the hurricane that destemmed, in a sad coincidence of terms, Pinar del Río tobacco, not only in leaves, but in blanket. It does not matter if they are in Consolación del Sur, which once had 2,450 houses for priests and lost 2,412; a fact that could be rounded off and conclude with “everything was lost there”. On the other hand, if they locate them in San Juan and Martínez, with 1,739 priest houses for peasant producers on the floor, from the 1,792 they had less than a month ago.

    Moreover, in addition to a lot, they will have to work very, very fast.

    That same Saturday, the Provincial Delegate of Agriculture in Pinar del Río warned the Granma newspaper. “The recovery of the houses of care must be done in record time that is already walking. A little over 100 days go by from the time the seedbed is planted until the leaves are harvested, which is the period we have to string the tobacco in the houses that are now destroyed.”

    We still do not know if that will be the time that the Ciego de Ávila citizens will remain there. I imagine that the commitment was made to go, not to turn. Let it not be a matter of weeks, in addition to the fact that other provinces have joined the recovery, as announced in a tweet from the president of the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP) this weekend.

    Ah, in the bus from Ciego de Ávila, there were also “some little things” for the victims. From cleaning, clothing and work implements, to the money that the cooperatives have been collecting in recent days. Some contributed 2,000, others reached 50,000. The total amount could be specified later, but the most important thing has already been said: the peasants from Avila are now “tobacco grower” in Pinar.