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In Castro’s Cuba, the numbers never add up

Pablo Alfonso in Martí News:

Statistical reports do not add up

According to ONEI, the production of prepared food and vegetables was 3.5 million tons in 2013. However, another report from the same organization shows that the number of prepared food and vegetables sold directly to the population was only 700,000 tons.

A truck transports foodstuffs.

The result of production from the agricultural sector for 2013 was less milk, prepared food, potatoes, bananas, and citric fruits for Cubans, among the lack of other goods. The information appears in a the report titled “Agricultural Sector, Selected Indicators,” which includes information from January to December of last year, and was published by the National Office of Statistics and Information (known as ONEI, its acronym in Spanish).

For the first time, the ONEI published the “Sale of Agricultural Products, Selected Indicators from 2013,” which shows the results of the physical sale and the price value of products made through the state agricultural markets, non-agricultural cooperatives, outlets, retail locations, and the “carretilleros,” or street vendors.

The publication of both reports allows for a simple comparison that calls for future investigations and questions about the data given by the governmental site.

According to ONEI, the production of prepared food and vegetables was 3.5 million in 2013. However, another report from the same organization shows that the number of prepared food and vegetables sold directly to the population was only 700,000 tons.
The difference between what was produced to what was sold to the people is 2.8 million tons. It seems exaggerated to consider the idea that this amount of food was consumed in public institutions, schools, hospitals, military bases, restaurants, and other dining establishments.

In any case, the agricultural production results from 2013 do not look favorable in light of the expectations generated by the so called economic model sponsored by Raúl Castro. The breach in production follows the same patterns from those of half a century ago.

Food production amounted to 67,200 tons less than in 2012.

Potato production dropped by 14 percent, while the production of other tuber crops decreased by 37.2 percent.

Banana production went down by 25.6 percent compared to 2012, which means 181,700 tons less.

Citric fruits decreased by 18.8 percent, for a total of 34,400 tons less.

The production of cow milk was 12.7 million liters less than 2012. 

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