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Agricultural Market

December 15, 2012

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P1050312A few pictures from a normal agricultural market in Havana. One picture shows what are either seeds or spices in bags, I am unsure which. There are a couple of pictures of a chap shredding coconuts for the pulp.

Agriculture remains a problem in Cuba. A couple of years back hundreds of thousands of acres of idle land were made available to people to farm on 10 year renewable leases. Around 150,000 people applied for the leases and started growing and farming the land. Much of the land was infested with the Marabu weed and needed to be cleared first. For a number of reasons a dramatic increase in production has not eventuated. Part of the problem involves getting the produce to market through dysfunctional distribution networks. Produce may be available however it can rot in the field or warehouse for want of transport to markets. It seems however that moves are afoot to allow worker co-operatives to take over the management of things such as transport, distribution and marketing of agricultural produce. This should help achieve better productivity and an increase in produce reaching market, and in good condition.

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