HAVANA, Oct. 26th. The Communist Party of Vietnam and the authorities of the town of Ho Chi Minh will send 1,200 metric tons of rice to Cuba as a donation, as part of the alliance with the dictatorship of Miguel Díaz-Canel.
The shipment, detailed in the Prensa Latina web portal and CubaNet reviews, is in the Cat Lai port in southern Vietnam, waiting for it to leave for the island.
It is not the first time that Vietnam has sent food to Cuba.
During the month of July, it emerged that the Vietnamese Government had sent 2,000 tons of rice to the island’s regime, a “gift from the Party, government and people of the capital Hanoi to the Party, Government and people of Cuba to support the work of guaranteeing social security”, as highlighted by the Cubadebate portal.
In Cuba there is hunger
Vietnam’s donation occurs in the midst of a worsening food crisis in Cuba, due to shortages, economic crisis, mass exodus and low national production.
Recently, figures reported indicate, that more than 70% of Cubans only eat one meal a day.
Data on agricultural, livestock, pork, fishing, and sugar production have fallen by 50 percent in almost all areas in the last five years. According to a Cubadata survey of more than a thousand people, 47.2% of those interviewed stopped eating at some point throughout the day.
And 70.8% of households ate less or had only one meal. Pork production fell 7.4% in the last five years. From about 200,000 tons in 2018 to 27,000 tons in 2023.
A farmer from the Mayabeque province said that the panorama of Cuban agriculture is “gray, with black stitching and no improvement is observed in the short term.
The fault lies with the government, which does not want or cannot unblock the productive forces and let the guajiros decide what they want to harvest.
When the State closes a lot of parasitic companies like Acopio and authorizes doing business without intermediaries with American farmers and allows us to receive loans from foreign banks without government interference, agriculture will flourish again in Cuba, there will be plenty of food for the people and we will once again be exporters of citrus fruits, coffee and sugar.
Numerous experts and economists agree that the solution to rescue agriculture is for the State to step aside. A country is not fed by measures and decrees.