There is no salt on the Cuban table and the black market takes advantage

There is no salt on the Cuban table and the black market takes advantage

HAVANA, January 19. That any basic product is missing in Cuba is nothing new, but the Ministry of Internal Trade (Mincin) says that it is fulfilled“with the deliveries from the industry and the December arrears are completed in several provinces and what corresponds to January is distributed”, given the complaints of many Cubans about the lack of salt, it is very questionable.

The reality is that the problem, according to the managers of the main salt mines in the country, lies not so much in production but in distribution. Perhaps for this reason, delays persist in the delivery of the product in many Cuban wineries, which is why many have had to resort to the black market to buy it at unaffordable prices.

The ministry itself has reported that the salt shortage situation in Cuba should improve by the end of the month. Meanwhile, the price of salt in Cuba on sales platforms is 150 cups and up to 500, depending on the grams.

Last year, a report from the Cubadebate portal addressed the instability in the commercialization of salt in the country, explaining that there were tons of the product in the salt mine warehouses, however, problems with transportation have influenced the delivery deficit. to customers.

The demand for salt that the family basket normally has is 7,300 tons per quarter, but the distribution is not the same for all months or all family units, as stated in this text from April 2023.

Several media outlets highlight that difficulties with the production and supply of salt are not new. “Although for Cuba the last decade began with promising results, that trend was interrupted five years ago, to open a period of recurring shortages that in recent times has reached its maximum levels,” stated OnCuba.