The Egg Situation

The egg situation in Cuba is more serious than first thought. Apparently, no one wants to pay 15 cents per egg out of their $10 a month income.

“People are upset about the rise in prices. Especially when the government says that the economy is recovering and that our province has been declared one of the foremost egg producers in the country. We still can’t afford to fry an egg, since in addition to the egg, we have to buy the oil to fry it at the dollar stores, and also buy the fuel oil, charcoal, or wood, to cook it,” said Bernardo D?az, from Ciego de ?vila.

I wonder, do the free continental breakfasts the tourists get come with scrambled eggs or eggs over easy?


HAVANA, September 22 (www.cubanet.org) – A new government measure set the price of eggs imported from the U. S. at two pesos each throughout the island, provoking grumbling in the provinces, where eggs usually sold for less than in Havana.

The measure only pertains to the eggs sold outside the government rationing system, which allows consumers to buy eight eggs in Havana and six in the provinces, per person per months, at 15 cents each. Consumers often complain that there aren’t enough eggs to supply the quota minimums.

Recently, a radio station in Ciego de ?vila, Radio Surco, dedicated a 20-minute segment to the egg problem, in an apparent effort to allay the population’s unhappines. The program, which also aired calls from neighboring provinces Sancti Sp?ritus, Camag?ey and Villa Clara, took in the complaints of the callers, but in the end, concluded that the measure was an order and that it had to be carried out.

“People are upset about the rise in prices. Especially when the government says that the economy is recovering and that our province has been declared one of the foremost egg producers in the country. We still can’t afford to fry an egg, since in addition to the egg, we have to buy the oil to fry it at the dollar stores, and also buy the fuel oil, charcoal, or wood, to cook it,” said Bernardo D?az, from Ciego de ?vila.

Eggs are one of the few sources of protein available to Cubans.