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Surprise upon surprise! “Reforms” only serve to make everything worse in Castrolandia

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Holy bananas!  I'll be a monkey's uncle and brother, all at once.

Hold on to your teeth: a second news piece surfaced today on the "reforms" of King Raul I of Castrolandia.  And the news, as Sargent Pepper would say,  is rather sad.  It seems the so-called reforms have caused a decline in food production rather than an increase.  Aaaaaayyy!  Dios mio!   So many surprises all in one day.  How can anyone absorb this and not lose their wits?   This was not supposed to happen.  Juuuulia!  Phiiiillll!  All ye experts!  You got more 'esplainin' to do.

%$#@!%$#!@!  estas puñeteras noticias me han dejao' el seso to' jorobao... le requetezumba al mango y a la papaya y al albol de mierda que los parió  ...  llama la aumbulancia,  pronto, chico,  pol favol, pa que me lleve al manicomio....   me hace falta una java llenita de pastillas, y un montón de electro-choques...

From Granma, via Reuters, which pretends to be actually reporting news on its own:

Cuba growing less food than 5 years ago despite agriculture reforms

By Marc Frank

HAVANA, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Cuba is producing less food than it did five years ago despite efforts to increase agriculture production, the government reported on Friday.

Some export crops and farm output aimed at substituting food imports registered minor gains, but overall output last year remained below 2007 levels, according to a report issued by the National Statistics Office.

The government has also reported that food prices rose 20 percent in 2011.

Cuban President Raul Castro has made increasing food production a priority since he took over as president from his ailing brother, Fidel, in 2008.

The communist country imports up to 70 percent of its food and is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to boost production of rice, beans, coffee and milk and reduce imports.

Domestic production of two Cuban food staples has increased, the government said. Rice production reached 566,400 tonnes compared with 439,600 tonnes in 2007, and farmers produced 133,000 tonnes of beans with 97,200 tonnes in 2007.

To stimulate production, Castro has decentralized decision-making, opened up more space for farmers to sell directly to consumers and raised prices the state pays for produce. He has stopped short of allowing market forces to take hold and drive production.

Marino Murillo, who is leading efforts to steer Cuba's state-dominated economy in a more market-friendly direction, announced in July that a government effort to reduce state bureaucracy in the agriculture sector had recently been completed.

Speaking to the National Assembly, he outlined plans for separating quasi-cooperatives from the state and allowing them to operate like private cooperatives. These operations, formed by state-run companies in the mid-1990s on 30 percent of Cuba's arable land, have performed poorly.

Murillo also said at that time that a land-lease program begun in 2008 involving some 170,000 farmers would be expanded to allow up to five times more land per individual.

Private farmers produce the bulk of the food in Cuba on a fraction of the land. This has led farmers and agricultural experts inside and outside the country to call on the state to pull back further and let market forces drive the sector.

3 comments to Surprise upon surprise! “Reforms” only serve to make everything worse in Castrolandia

  • pototo

    A thought crossed my mind about this for the first time. Not the first time I had a thought, haha, but this particulat thought. Could it be that the expansion of remittances(part of reforms on the US side) could have had as much as a stifling effect as Cuba's political system? Think about this, aren't remittances just another social entitlement program that makes people less likely to work?
    Due to Cuba's oppresive as well as failed system people do not want to work for many reasons. No fruit for their labors is among the greatest. Couple that with a 3rd world social class, add a pinch of easy money from relatives, and you have a recipe for no incentive whatsoever to work. Why would Pepito want to work if his primo mails him more money in a month than he could earn in years?
    Remittances now have yet another effect.Some will argue that the remittances are good because based on this argument it is hurting the royalty in castrolandia, but keep in mind that they reported that food shortages for the island is the issue and not for the monarchy. Added to that, that those on this entitlement program have no reason to revolt as they fat, dumb, and happy as they are now living better than most. So in this case this is a non-story as far as its effect on Cuba's politics.

  • pototo

    Before someone sees the good effects of remittances on castrolandia read the following article on the home page regarding additional taxes. King RaulI will continue to prosper.

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