Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Monriy, Decemoer z, THE tCTMBHipqe HEHALP Doing her part Margaret Forder holds up an unfinished metal- desk at her husband's sheetmetal shop in Toronto. Margaret says she doesn't particularly like the work but can't count on the people that come from Canada Manpower. She also doesn't like the calluses on her hands caused by her job. Cuba's sugar harvest to reap huge profits HAVANA (Reuter) Cuba, which for years has blamed its dependence on a single crop for its state of un- derdevelopment, is hav- ing second thoughts. Cuban leaders are waking up to the fact that the country is about to strike it rich thanks to its "white sugar. Cuba stands to make huge profits with its forthcoming harvest which should be around six million tons, ex- perts say. The government has launched a massive campaign calling for major efforts from all sugar workers prior to the official start of the 1974-75 "zafra" schedul- ed for the next few weeks. Sugar accounts for 80 per cent of the island's exports. At the same time, authorities are sounding the alarm at the possi- ble ill-effects of a prolonged drought. President Osvaldo D'Orticos last month warned that Cuba's forthcoming harvest could be "seriously affected by an excep- tional two-year drought." Three weeks later, however, the deputy premier in charge of the sugar industry, Diocles Torralba, tempered this statement when he claimed that Cuba could obtain a better harvest than last year. These two somewhat conflicting statements are seen here as part of a campaign aimed at getting cane cutters and sugar-mill workers to realize the importance of the forthcoming harvest for the island's economy. Calls go out each day for efficient cutting and grinding as well as better organization. Government leaders and the media are con- stantly quoting increas- ing sugar prices on the world market. Cuban officials say in private that the present situation, which is the result of a general scar- city and a growing demand, is a boon to the country's economy. It will help to finance the country's first five- which covers the 1976-80 period. Cuba sells about two million tons a year on the world market. Its main customer is Ja- pan which buys an average of one'million tons. During the so-called "giant harvest" of 1970, Cuba is believed to have sold 2.1 million tons on the world market. Cuba is expected to produce about six million tons in this harvest. By selling 2.2 millions tons on the free rest going to the Soviet Union and other socialist would make at least 92 billion. Such an un- precedented flow of much-needed hard cur- rencies is calculated on a conservative basis of 50 cents a pound and few experts here believe that prices on the in- ternational market will go down before the end of next year. The government of Fidel Castro, which in the early 1960s seriously considered relegating agriculture, including sugar, into the back- ground in order to concentrate on a major program of in- dustrialization, must be sighing with relief. Long before sugar prices began to increase, agriculture and above all sugar had become the government's main priority. But following the dis- aster of the so-called "10-million ton harvest" of 1970 which yielded a record 8.5 million tons but brought about a major produc- tion drop in all other sectors of the economy, the authorities now are seeking a gradual increase in sugar out- put. Meanwhile, Cuba's program of mechaniza- tion of the sugar harvest is well under way and nearly 30 per cent of the cane should be cut by combine harvesters in the forthcoming weeks. Rib-eye steak dinner every Ikresday night How to beat inflation, while eating steak. Every Tuesday night is Family Night at Ponderosa: Rib-eye steak broiled to your order. Steaming baked potato. Tossed green salad with your choice of dressing. Fresh-baked roll with butter. All this for only And: Free favours for the kids. Free on coffee and soft drinks. Free parking. And no tipping, ever. POHDEBDSA SUM HOUSE 1025 Mayor Magrath Drive Noodle factory MOSSBANK, Sask. (CP) Since David Lange graduated from high school in 1965, this southern Saskatchewan town has lost a bakery, two hard- ware stores, a pool hall, a bar- ber shop, a machine repair shop and an 11-bed hospital. With the businesses have gone people as the population dropped to 450 from 500. But Mr. Lange, who found employment as an NDP mem- ber of the legislature, has a proposal he says will reverse the trend of economic decay. The idea is an instant-noodle factory. The proposed plant, which he says would be only the second of its kind in North America, is finding local backers despite some initial skepticism based on Mr. Lange's reputation for semi-visionary proposals. "David's come to me with a lot of says town clerk Sam Edgerton. "To be honest, I thought it was another pipe dream." But Mr. Lange's plan, which calls for one-dollar shares to be bought by area residents, seems to be getting off the ground. More than half the shares have been 000 to Mr. a meeting of 55 shareholders has chosen a board of direc- tors for what will probably be called the Mossbank Develop- ment Corp. Ltd. With in local in- vestment, the backers of the project hope to obtain more than in loans from the Saskatchewan Economic Development Corp. There is discussion, however, of some form of joint venture with the Japanese owners of the only existing instant-noodle plant on the continent, in Los Angeles. CAR E E R S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Lethbridge Association for the Mentally Retarded 1818 5th Avenue South, Lethbridge Qualifications: Experience in public relations or in the field of Wages negotiable. Duties to commence January 1. 1975. 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