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A proposal was made to produce ten million tons of sugar for 1970. This was unquestionably a formidable challenge when considering the country's organizational, technical, and material conditions. In confronting this challenge, distortions occurred. The failure of the «ten million ton harvest» gave way to a revision of that policy. 63 INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF THE COUNTRY. WAR OF THE ENTIRE PEOPLE. Beginning in 1971, the revolutionary organizations were revitalized and the institutionalization of the country began.
To counteract its depressive effects, the government began a compulsive mobilization of financial resources that, to a considerable extent, ended up in the coffers of the regime's representatives. Despite the promotion of new lines of production during the two preceding decades, the Cuban economy remained under the yoke of sugar and did not attain satisfactory growth . The best evidence of that was the large mass of unemployed and underemployed workers; by the mid-1950s, they made up one-third of the country's workforce .
By 1963, an economic development strategy had been adopted that, taking into account the Cuban economy's characteristics and prospects for trade with the USSR and other socialist countries, revolved around agriculture. A proposal was made to produce ten million tons of sugar for 1970. This was unquestionably a formidable challenge when considering the country's organizational, technical, and material conditions. In confronting this challenge, distortions occurred. The failure of the «ten million ton harvest» gave way to a revision of that policy.