Castro, Inc. tweaks its feudal arrangements with Cuban farmers

21st century Cuban serf at work

From our Bureau of Acute Déjà Vu:

Rejoice, guajiros, oh ye serfs of Castrogonia!

Hark! The trumpets’ blare from the heralds at the King’s Ministry of Farming proclaim a new dawn hath arrived for ye plowmen of the realm who till the soil and keep the King’s larder well-stocked!

King Raul and the knights of his Round Table have made some very tiny adjustments to our feudal system here in the wondrous kingdom of Castrogonia!

Aye, verily, verily ye shall all rejoice, and so shall the world’s news media!

And any ingrate who doth not rejoice over these momentous changes or proclaim them to be wonderful and colossal shall feel the King’s wrath!

The King hath decreed that ye serfs may lease more land from him in order to increase agricultural production.

Aye, His Majesty and his Wise Knights have realized after nearly three score years of strict limitations on the amount of arable land available to serfs have led to no small measure of woe.

In other words, for ye of simple minds, the Crown is admitting that its feudal system hath caused poor harvests and the abandonment of half of the land that was tilled in days of yore, before the Castro dynasty assumed  the throne. (See article below, and the reference to “hectares of idle land”).

Aye, a new day is dawning! Ye may now rent more land, blessed serfs, till greater acreage, produce more bountiful harvests, and render ever-increasing payments to your feudal lords.

And, lo and behold, guajiros,  though ye may now expect a heavier burden and spend more hours toiling for a fuller larder at the Royal Palace, thine hallowed status as serfs shall not change, neither for thee nor for thine progeny.

For ye of simple minds, here is a clear definition of thine status, which is no different from that of medieval serfs.

From the august writers at The Finer Times:

Serfs in the middle ages were generally peasant farmers who provided manual labor in their master’s land. The peasants would pay the lord some dues (in the form of labor and produce) in exchange for using part of the lord’s land to generate their own food.

These farmers would work in the lands at least three times a week and sometimes longer during the plantation and harvest seasons. The serf was bound to work in a single manor and his status as a serf was passed on to his children, who would then continue to work in that same estate, regardless of whether the land changed ownership.

 

What a blessing!  Such an ancient and equitable arrangement: thine landlord provideth the land, ye of stout necks, sinewy limbs, and stalwart backs provideth the labor, and they of noble lineage reap the profits.

So, sharpen thine plows, guajiros,  and tighten the yoke on thine oxen, the Crown hath decreed that ye and thine progeny shall be protected by the benevolent and magnificent Castro dynasty forever and ever, free from the burden of land ownership, free from the many temptations brought forth by the accumulation of wealth!

Ye and thine progeny shall remain fortuitous serfs in perpetuity, free from every care brought by private property and free enterprise, per omnia seculae seculorum. 

Rejoice, guajiros, o ye fortunate ones!

 

From Granma East (Xinhua/Global Times)

Cuba issued regulations on Tuesday to offer farmers who lease state-owned idle land better terms and more land to boost agricultural output.

According to Law 358/18, farmers can lease up to 26.8 hectares, twice the previous quota, and for cattle ranchers, the number is 67 hectares, under the condition that they also produce animal feed.

It is easier to apply techniques designed to increase yields over larger parcels of land, said Orlando Diaz, legal director of the Agriculture Ministry.

21st century Cuban serfs at work

Lengths of leases double to 20 years. Farmers can apply for similarly long extensions, which allow farming operations to be passed on from one generation to the next.

“These measures aim to encourage the stability of the work staff in the field and the settlement of families,” said Diaz.

Farmers will be able to build houses and other facilities on up to 3 percent of the leased land, compared with the previous limit of 1 percent.

21st century Cuban serf’s hut

“Certain activities, such as tobacco and livestock, require a larger number of facilities,” said Diaz.

“The new modifications are based on prior experience, the application of previous regulations, and the demands of farmers across the country,” said Eddy Soca, director of land control of the Agriculture Ministry.

By law, the leased land continues to be “non-transferable government property” that must be managed “in person” by the holder of the lease to prevent the existence of “frontmen” and concentration of wealth. 

Finance must come from transparent sources. “The contract is cancelled if it is proven that the funds come from money laundering, corruption and other illegal sources,” according to the regulations.

The new rules will take effect in 60 days.

The Cuban government has leased over 2.1 million hectares of idle land to some 244,000 farmers over the last decade and, according to the Agriculture Ministry, another 472,000 hectares are still available.

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1 thought on “Castro, Inc. tweaks its feudal arrangements with Cuban farmers”

  1. In Orwellian fashion, “revolution” really means involution and “progressive” really means regressive.

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