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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:21 AM

Cuba opens way to larger private farms on fallow government land

Cuba opens way to larger private farms on fallow government land
By The Associated Press October 23, 2012

HAVANA - Cuba has announced that it is modifying rules for the handover of fallow land to independent farmers.

The measure goes into effect December 21. It is the latest in a series of economic reforms under President Raul Castro.

The new rules allow individual farmers to lease up to 67 hectares (165 acres), up from the current maximum of 40 hectares (98 acres). They also allow farmers to build homes on the land, which was previously prohibited.

The new law published Tuesday does not change the maximum length of the leases, which remains 10 years for individuals and 25 for co-operatives. Leases can be renewed.

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http://www.canada.com/business/Cuba+opens+larger+private+farms+fallow+government+land/7432968/story.html

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