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Inefficiency and corruption in Cuba contributing to food shortages

Not only do the Cuban people have to live under a repressive totalitarian state, they also have to suffer and go hungry because of the inefficiency and corruption of that repressive totalitarian state.

Via Ground Report:

Cuba: Food Storage and Distribution System Inefficient, Produce Goes to Waste

In Mayabeque province, farmers say the government's distribution network is failing them.

As Cuban farms struggle to produce enough food, the state-run storage and distribution systems are often so inefficient that produce goes to waste.

In one recent case in early January, 100 tons of tomatoes were dispatched to pig farms in Melena del Sur in the Mayabeque province, located next to the capital Havana. They had gone rotten in a municipal food collection depot.

One of the drivers who made the deliveries, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the tomatoes were kept too long in poor storage conditions because no transport had been arranged to take them to retail outlets. He blamed the waste on negligent staff at the collection centre.

The food collection centres are state-run institutions that provide a distribution network for farms of the type known as “Basic Units for Cooperative Production” or UBPCs.

“The principal function of the collection centres is to amass the produce, then select and pack it for dispatch to markets or the tourist industry,” agricultural scientist Rafael Martínez explained. “In many cases, the collection centres also carry out additional functions like providing information on market prices, packaging, and providing [space] for selection and packing.”

Yoel and Yoan Arocha are among the farmers who supply the collection centre in Melena del Sur, and they have lost their tomato crop, worth 50,000 pesos, about 2,000 US dollars.

Others have seen their chilli pepper and cabbage crops go to waste. Even when the produce is sold, they say, they do not get paid as the collection centre does not have enough money.

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