Starvation the leading cause of death for cattle in Cuba’s Havana province

The people aren’t the only ones starving in communist Cuba. It seems the cows in Havana can’t feed off the apartheid hotels and resorts either, making starvation the top cause of death for cattle in the province. This is socialism in action.

Via Diario de Cuba (my translation):

Starvation the principal cause of death for cattle in Havana

The cattle herd in Havana is declining, mainly due to a shortage of food for the animals, as reported by state-run newspaper Tribuna de La Habana.

Among the cattle in the province, there are fewer births than deaths, due to lack of feeding (especially calves), accidents, and illegal theft and slaughter. In this regard, the first secretary of the Communist Party in the capital, Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar, referred to the fact that more cattle were lost due to hunger than theft and slaughter.

This situation is not exclusive to Havana. During 2022, the majority of the 22,541 heads of cattle that died in Villa Clara were lost due to malnutrition.

Torres participated in the annual balance of the agricultural sector in the province, where the “poor projection” in the growth of organoponics, low seed production, and problems with the workforce were criticized.

Havana’s agriculture also faces “organizational deficiencies” that result in many organoponics being either unplanted or incompletely planted. There is a shortage of organic matter, irrigation systems are deteriorated and underutilized, technological violations occur, and wages are low.

Several participants in the meeting referred to the convenience of each producer or cooperative developing their own seed bank, manure, and worm humus, “because the ships with supplies are not going to arrive.”

The meeting also analyzed the situation in the province regarding illegal land use. “The state function of control over land use and possession is poorly managed in the province of Havana. During 2023, more than 11,000 violations were detected, such as illegal constructions of pools and housing on lands designated for food production,” detailed the report from the local newspaper.

The detected violations “evidence a total lack of control in the process of granting land in usufruct, in breach of current legislation.” Additionally, it was revealed that the agricultural commissions are not functioning well, land registries have incomplete templates, and the eradication of detected violations has been “extremely slow.”

Representatives of the producers pointed out that they do not “feel accompanied and attended to” by the authorities. Therefore, farmers demanded the presence of officials in their assemblies and productive settings “systematically, and not only when there is a problem.”

In their interventions, Torres referred to the importance of the state company Acopio settling its debts with Artemisa and Mayabeque, and establishing a work system that allows for better stocking of the city’s 45 state markets. In these markets, he asked for improvements in their “physical condition and image.”

Non-payment by the State is one of the main complaints of Cuban farmers, in addition to the low prices imposed by Acopio while forcing them to sell their crops.

In 2023, there were reports of “loss of control in the collection and destination” of fruit trees from farms in the area known as the “Cordón de La Habana.”

On the other hand, it was revealed in the meeting that while its inhabitants are starving, hundreds of hectares in Havana remain uncultivated, which could be incorporated into food production. “There is a people waiting for us and in need of its agriculture,” said Torres.

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