Another failed ‘reform’ from Cuba’s dictatorship
If a failed reform of the Cuban dictatorship falls dead in the forest and the international press refuses to hear it, does it still make a sound?
Raul's Farm "Reforms" Are a Bust
In 2008, the Council on Foreign Relations wrote (in "Seeds of Economic Reform on Cuba's Farms"):
"Cuba is in the midst of significant changes in its agriculture industry, as President Raul Castro presses a series of reforms aimed at boosting crop production. It's too early to see the results of these efforts, but analysts say their long-term impact could be substantial, and might herald further economic changes to come."
You can imagine who the "analysts" were.
And for the skeptical, the AP 's Havana bureau reassured us (in "Communist Cuban Solution: Private Farms") that things were different with Raul:
"Increasing food production has been a top priority for 76-year-old Raul Castro, who succeeded his brother as president in February. While distributing farmland to individuals has been tried before in Cuba, this time the government seems willing to give up more control to get better results."
Well, here's today's reality.
More than 400 of Cuba's farm cooperatives on state-owned land have been dissolved over the last five years because they weren't profitable, despite reforms aimed at opening the market, an official said Friday.
Ricardo Monzon, an agriculture ministry official said 295 co-ops have closed since August 2012 alone, bringing the total since 2008 to 434.
And yet, despite the absolute failure, the Castro regime is now expanding (with media praise) this "cooperative" model to the non-farm sector.