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Cuba is going back as it looks forward, expanding its use of ox teams in agriculture to save on costly fuel for tractors while increasing production in the desperately needed food sector.
"The current world financial crisis requires a mixture of the modern and the traditional," agricultural expert Juan Varela wrote in the Granma newspaper.
"Our country has sufficient capacity and experience to come out a winner and not allow itself to be defeated by problems and justifications."
Total employment in agriculture (operator plus hired labor) has declined by over 70% and the number of hired farm workers has declined by over 60% since 1950...there has been substantial substitution for the relativity cheaper capital and machinery inputs in place of the relativity more expensive labor inputs.