Cubans still do not have salt on their table due to lack of transportation

Cubans still do not have salt on their table due to lack of transportation

HAVANA, June 6  T he general director of the Geominero Salinero Business Group (Geominsal), Fabio José Raimundo Paz, stated in the official Round Table spacethat salt shortages in Cuba remain a persistent problem due to logistical difficulties and resource limitations.

Raimundo Paz pointed out that, despite having “tens of thousands of tons of salt ready for distribution”, the lack of transportation has prevented this essential product from reaching the population.

He said that the case of salt “is often complicated by the difficulties in getting the product to the town.”

“We have had tens of thousands of tons undelivered due to logistical complexities and limited resources,” stressed Raimundo Paz.

This problem adds to other challenges that the country faces in terms of infrastructure and distribution of essential goods, the manager justified.

 Cubans still do not have salt on their table due to lack of transportation

The production of salt in Cuba requires a high amount of energy, which is obtained mainly through the use of solar radiation. The country’s salt mines are mainly located in the eastern region, taking advantage of the favorable climatic conditions, with little rain and stable temperatures throughout the year, which accelerates water evaporation.

However, he said there have been adverse weather conditions that have seriously affected salt production in some regions such as Matanzas.

“In Matanzas we have one of these production centers, but in the last 30 years cyclones have destroyed it five times. This is an example that explains why we must have these places in safer and more efficient places from a climate point of view” , he explained.

Since last year the regime has been blaming transportation for the fact that Cubans do not have salt to cook.

The Minister of Energy and Mines of Cuba, Vicente de la O Levy, reported in February 2023 that there were delays in the delivery of the salt quota for the population due to problems transporting the product.

“We have more than nine thousand tons of salt in the salt flats,” but there is no way to distribute it due to problems with the poor technical condition of the railroad boxes that transport the important product, he explained at the time.

Last April, problems with cargo transportation prevented the production of the Salinera in the Las Tunas municipality of Puerto Padre from reaching territories other than its usual market in the provinces of Las Tunas, Holguín and Villa Clara.

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In Las Tunas, a province with several active salt mines, bread production was stopped last March due to lack of salt.

Cubans, for their part, complain that salt can only be obtained for more than 500 pesos in the very expensive stores of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

“There isn’t even salt anymore! An island surrounded by sea. I don’t remember the last time they sold it for the ‘basic basket’.

But, well, if that were the only thing we suffer…!”, complained Havana resident Inés Casal, mother of the activist and plastic artist Julio Llópiz-Casal last January.