From our Bureau of Socialist Agriculture with some assistance from our Bureau of Socialist Electrical Grids
Here’s another story that reveals how Castro, Inc.’s incompetent control of absolutely everything in Cuba constantly leads to disaster.
Due to the island’s power crisis, potato farmers couldn’t water their fields properly, that is, slowly and regularly. So, instead, the farmers opted for pouring as much water as possible on their fields during the few hours when power was available to drive the pumps.
This desperate measure led to oversaturation of the soil, which caused most of the potatoes to rot.
All this at the same time that the sugar harvest is beginning, which all experts predict will be even worse than the previous one. (And that one broke all records as the worst ever in Cuba’s long history of sugar production).
Loosely translated from Cubanos Por El Mundo
The blackouts in Cuba affect Cubans in all aspects, because apart from not allowing them to sleep or live happily, they also do not allow the production of food that needs electrical energy to advance.
On this occasion, the blackouts were responsible for the rotting of most of the potato harvest in the Alquizar municipality in Artemisa.
Since the beginning of November, the Cooperativa de Producción Agropecuaria Amistad Cuba-México began planting potatoes in the municipality of Alquízar, but the cold season started off on the wrong foot, and power cuts forced changes in the irrigation cycles which caused much of the crop to be damaged.
A resident of the area, close to the fields where the tuber is planted, Mauricio Díaz, was the one who explained to the independent media outlet 14ymedio the reason why the potato crop was lost.
“This field occupies 12 caballerias [161 hectares] of land divided into four quadrants. Three of these quadrants have gone bad, only one is being achieved.”
“It was because of the blackouts,” he said.
He explained that it was necessary to keep irrigating the land for several hours so that the crop could be saved.
“For everything to have gone well, it would have been necessary to maintain irrigation for several hours and with a certain intensity”
“But since power is being cut off here almost every day, it was decided to reduce the time to avoid blackouts and add more water in fewer hours. The result was that the ground was flooded and the potatoes rotted.”
The Cuban stated that they only managed to save about 40 hectares of the potato crop.