Coronavirus plague blamed for ruin of 2021 sugar harvest in Cuba

60 years ago….more or less….

From our Bureau of Major Utopian Socialist Achievements

More dismal news for Cubans. The sugar harvest this year will be the worst since 1908. Vamos bien! Knowing how Castro, Inc. operates, what this means is that they will export as much of this meager harvest as possible, leaving Cubans without enough sugar for domestic consumption. Vamos requetebien!

And, of course, this disaster CANNOT be blamed on Castro, Inc. No, this is due to the plague and to the lack of willpower of the Cuban people, or some other such factor….

Same as it ever was, same as it ever was….

From Granma Euro-Lite (Reuters) via Yahoo Finance

With Cuba’s sugar harvest poised to draw to a close as the coronavirus pandemic rages, production stands at little more than two-thirds of planned levels, an industry official said on Monday, indicating the smallest crop in more than a century.

In yet another blow to the ailing Cuban economy, Jose Carlos Santos Ferrer, first vice president of state sugar monopoly AZCUBA, told the state Cuban News Agency that as of end-April, production had reached 68% of the Communist-run country’s plan. With the planned target announced earlier this year as 1.2 million tonnes of raw sugar, that means a harvest of 816,000 tonnes – the lowest since 1908.

The harvest was also hit hard by a shortage of foreign exchange to purchase fuel, agricultural inputs and spare parts due to the COVID-19 pandemic and fierce U.S. sanctions. Mills were temporarily shuttered due to fuel and cane shortages, as well as COVID-19 outbreaks, Santos Ferrer said.

Cuba consumes between 600,000 and 700,000 tonnes of sugar a year domestically and has an agreement to sell China 400,000 tonnes annually. It was not clear if authorities planned to cut domestic consumption, exports to China or both.

Cuba’s sugar harvest begins in November and usually winds down by May, when yields plummet as the summer heat and rainy season set in. Even if the country manages to reach 900,000 tonnes of raw sugar, that would still mark the lowest since 1908.

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2 thoughts on “Coronavirus plague blamed for ruin of 2021 sugar harvest in Cuba”

  1. It’s OK. Sugar was part of the Cuba that had to be destroyed to make way for “revolutionary” Cuba, which is much more about churning out doctors (of sorts) in industrial quantities so they can be exported as rented slave labor. Practically nobody cares, anyway. The former Cuba was too successful by half, and Lord only knows where it’d be now if it hadn’t been for the “revolution” (though it’s not especially hard to imagine).

    Gracias, Fidel. Vamos bien.

  2. The old photo, by the way, is just as fake as the one of the same BS artist and congenital liar on some tank at the time of the Bay of Pigs invasion. Strictly staged publicity shot. The bastard never worked for a living before he became Cuba’s owner, at which point that was moot, and he absolutely never faced enemy fire.

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