The need to preserve and improve animal, plant and human health was the main objective for the creation in Cuba of a scientific center coping with this task.
The National Center for Agricultural and Livestock Health (CENSA) thus emerged and was inaugurated in 1969 in San José de las Lajas, a zone in the western province of Mayabeque.
With its headquarters in what is considered to be Cuba’s second scientific pole after the one in Havana, CENSA is committed to research projects and technological innovation efforts related to animal, plant and human health.
With a group of staff comprising some 430 workers, the center carries out studies for the prevention, diagnosis and control of exotic diseases affecting animals and crops of economic interest to the country.
CENSA implements projects that support producers and communities in San José de las Lajas, a region that stands out for its intense agricultural and livestock activity which ensures good food quality and safety through highly qualified services.
The prestigious institutions also develop and commercialize products for human, veterinary and agricultural use.
CENSA’s leading products include Surfacen, a product which is patent in Cuba, Mexico and Spain. It is a drug made out of pig lungs for treating the Infant Respiratory Distress Syndrome, with antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties.
In addition, CENSA produces Stabilak, a product used to preserve the quality of raw milk, saving the country $1 million in imports. It is registered and marketed in several countries of Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Next on the list of CENSA’s leading products is Klamic, which is applied during the different vegetable growth cycles, with proven results in Honduras, Kenya and Spain.
As for technology, the National Center for Agricultural and Livestock Health is immersed in projects for intensive pest control through technological packages that help increase the production of grains (beans and rice) and vegetables.
Furthermore, experts rate as significant the center’s intensive program for preserving the quality of milk (Procal), which allows an increase in its production through eleven basic training actions, products, technologies and specialized services.
Procal favours the production of eight litres of milk per cow; it reduces the prevalence of mastitis in dairy cattle, and it is used in Nicaragua, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
It is worth mentioning that CENSA is a center that is certified in teaching postgraduate courses that has welcomed professionals from Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Angola, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
Similarly, it develops co operational projects with various countries, as well as with international organizations such as FAO, the Pan-American Health Organization, the UN Development Program and UNESCO.
CENSA has received 45 awards from the Cuban Academy of Sciences and 31 Carlos J. Finlay Orders, as well as three prizes for technological innovation, eleven from the Agriculture Ministry and three from the Ministry of Health.Share on FB Share on TT