Castro dictatorship selling agricultural production to hotels while Cubans stand in line for rationed food

While Cubans struggle to find enough food to eat, the communist Castro dictatorship is diverting agricultural production to resorts in order to keep foreign tourists happy and fed.

Via Diario de Cuba (my translation):

While the population stands in lines, the government sells agricultural production to the tourist industry

In the midst of a situation marked by food shortages in Cuban stores, the nation’s authorities are promoting the sale of local agricultural production to the tourist industry. This despite the fact the sector has been remarkably depressed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A report published by the state-run newspaper Granma reveals the tourist center of Varadero gets the majority of the production from dozens of independent farmers, cooperatives, and state entities from the country’s different provinces.

In total, local production currently makes up 70% of the food consumed at tourist locations.

Among the cases mentioned in the report is the Jose Martí cooperative of credits and services located in Jaguey Grande, which sells some seven tons of beans along with pineapple, melon, cucumbers, guava, sweet potato, papaya, and other exotic fruits each week to the Cuban resorts.

Michel Garcia Martinez, the head purchasing agent at the Iberostar Varadero Hotel, said that currently the biggest complaint from the producers is that they receive all their payments in national currency and not other currencies that they can use to purchase supplies.

While the Cuban people can barely access basic foods, the contracts Iberostar Varadero has with at lease four cooperatives allows them to obtain a significant amount of vegetables for their guests and offer between eight and nine different fruits each day.

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