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For example, the organopónico effort (despite its importance as an impetus for urban agriculture) is part of the Vegetables and The Nature and Organization of Cuban Urban Agriculture · 41 Fresh Condiments subprogram. 4): crops (with 12 subprograms); animal raising (7 subprograms); and support areas, such as technological assistance, input provision, and education and training (9 subprograms). Certain subprograms, especially those in the input supply and technical support areas, are assigned to the supervision of technical institutions with expertise in the relevant subject.
Yet the breakup of state farms and the alteration of economic incentive structures did not by themselves immediately translate into successful harvests. Even after the organizational restructuring of the production process, the necessary inputs—agricultural machinery and spare parts, fuel to operate machinery and for the transportation of goods, and petroleum-based fertilizers and pesticides—continued to be in critically short supply. Only a fairly small Cuban Agriculture: Historical Background and Key Concepts · 21 minority of the newly organized UBPCs were able to achieve profitability based on efficient production and high productivity (Nova González 2006: 164).
When the decision was made to extend the practice of urban agriculture, including the new technology of organopónicos, to all urban areas in Cuba, steps were taken to give the effort an organizational backbone at the highest levels of government. By the end of 1993, the provincial government of the city of Havana and the Ministry of Agriculture both were already strongly supporting extension efforts to spread the new technology throughout the capital city. The first organizational push at the national level came in May 1994 at the First National Plenary of Organopónicos in Santa Clara.