You can see the story here, by Marc Franck, from Reuters.
A pull from the longer article below:
[ HAVANA - Communist Cuba has begun decentralizing the state-dominatedagriculture sector in what appears to be the first major move by new President Raul Castro to improve efficiency and cut bureaucracy.
At meetings across Cuba, farmers are being told decisions ranging from landuse to resource allocation and sales will no longer be taken at the 17-floor agriculture ministry in Havana but at the local level, farmers who attended said. In addition, local municipal offices will be streamlined and will take more into account the activities of private farmers and cooperatives, not just state farms, they said. Cuba watchers say this will provide more leeway for private initiative to raise food output, Raul Castro's top economic priority since he began running the country on a temporary basis in mid-2006.
"This represents a major shift from a vertical to horizontal approach and a change in bureaucratic mentality from a national to territorial one," a local agriculture expert said on Monday, like others interviewed asking not to be named." They are moving decision-making closer to the producers and recognizingthat the private sector with just a fraction of the land produces 70 percentof our produce," he said. ]