The Government enabled 16 establishments for sale throughout the country
Published on January 16, 2021
Cuban peasants have been forced to spend more than $ 300,000 in stores in Freely Convertible Currency (MLC) that the Cuban Government set up under the administration of the Logistics Business Group of the Ministry of Agriculture (Gelma).
An article from the official newspaper Granma It stands out that the 16 establishments deployed throughout the country offer 32 products to which a total of 2,000 customers have had access who made 628 purchases, of which the majority belong to individual farmers and only 17 to the business sector.
Since September 10, 2020, the first 3 sales centers of this type, located in Havana, Villa Clara and Santiago de Cuba, became operational. The farmers can find in these places national productions, such as multilayer bags for charcoal, egg tray, boots, vinyl paints, gloves, jute bags, wagons, multi-mills, flat files, plastic buckets, multipurpose boxes and sanitizing products.
Despite being produced within Cuba, the Gelma stores sell it in dollars, as do the first tractors of the Belarus and New Holland brands, imported from Belarus and Brazil, respectively. The information does not specify the cost of these tractors, although in recent months it was known that only The engine for these vehicles cost $ 7,000.
To access the purchase of these tools and supplies, the peasant must deliver the documentation that accredits them as a producer including land ownership, and of course, a magnetic card associated with a bank account in dollars.
Prices of agricultural products rise
Cuban peasants have no other option to acquire the necessary resources for their work and therefore must attend those state stores in dollars, but to buy that US currency they cannot go to the bank and acquire it at the official exchange rate of 24 × 1 because the Government does not have dollars to sell.
Faced with this scenario, the agricultural producer goes to the informal market where the price of One USD averages 50 CUP on sites like Revolico.
All this framework leads to an increase in the prices of agricultural products in the retail market, something that affects the pockets of the vast majority of the population. Furthermore, this whole system discourages agricultural production.