Tight to the furrow to make the land produce

Peasants: Working in the furrow to make the land produce

Salvador Velázquez García is a farmer from the town of Maffo, who earns his daily bread by working in the furrow, soaking in sweat and working the land to make it produce.

This “rooted peasant,” who gets up every day with the first rays of the sun, has the habit of drinking a cup of coffee and then wearing his yarey hat to go out in search of his own fields.

Velázquez García, a son of the dawn who knows well his country work, so skilled in the chores and the hard life of the land, respects the lunar calendar and also his saints. Because this human in full spring stage, looks at the sky invoking clemency so that rain falls, so that the kindness of mother nature bathes his fertile lands sown with food for his own and the common people.

Salvador Velázquez, who has been cultivating his fields for more than 40 years, is grateful for the signing of the most important law of the Revolution on May 17, a law that meant total freedom with full rights for the Cuban peasantry.

This Guajira soul who still writes with the earth in his fingertips, remembers yesterday, remembering his peers with calloused hands since they were children, who only had dolls made of corn cobs or a yoke of oxen, the fruit of children’s imaginary creation.

That force of adoration of the soil, also evokes the woman of the furrow, who seasoned with tears the food of four children; the time of flour and a kilo of bread for the snack of food.

With blood and suffering, Cuba gave the right to the land, made real the promise made by the Centennial Generation, an idea proposed by the Peasant Congress in Arms, a dream made by hand and without permission, only with the leadership of Fidel.

For that eternal gratitude, peasants of Maffo, defend the prosperity of their fields, with baptism of science, technology and infinite love, they defend to maintain the production of food for the people.

For that infinite gratitude, these men and women of the countryside, never stop working, to make furrows and fill them, to harvest their fruits, to raise theirs and everyone’s, so that the land remains as bountiful as the First Agrarian Reform Law.

Moraima Zulueta Gómez

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