While in the port of Casilda millionaire megayachts are seen more and more frequently who dock for tourism in Cuba, the people from Sancti Spiritus see how the general scarcity hits them harder every day, especially with food, accentuating the inequality and poverty that progressively decrease their standard of living.
Given the shortage of food and basic necessities, the authorities of the main municipality of Sancti Spíritus put into practice the control of the sale of these through the supply book.
“We are talking about meat products such as mincemeats, sausages and by-products, in addition to eggs, rum, cigarettes, sugar, cookies, vinegar and others from the dairy industry or fishing. The use of the notebook in the network of Tiendas Caribe and Cimex is also valid for the control of the assortments that they offer in coordination with the wineries”, he declared this Friday to Escambray, Santiago Hernandez NunezVice President of the Municipal Assembly of People’s Power in Sancti Spíritus.
According to this official media, the measure -in practice “for a few days”- responds to the complaints of the Sancti Spiritus and their requests to act against the hoarders and resellers of food products and others in high demand.
For the time being, Sancti Spiritus will have to carry the notebook with them if they want to buy at the Agricultural Fair, the Ideal Markets and other points in the city “where highly demanded assortments are offered.”
According to Hernández Núñez, “with the use of the passbook as a regulatory document, the sale becomes more equitable and it is a question of putting a brake on foreign buyers who come to the city in search of any merchandise and acquire them in large quantities.”
Although the sale of pork and its derivatives remains “liberated”, products such as bread have been rationed in Santi Spíritus for weeks. Through the booklet, Sancti Spiritus can buy 600 grams every five daysaccording to Escambray.
For the vice president of the Municipal Assembly of People’s Power in Sancti Spíritus, it is logical to apply rationing in the provincial capital and not in the communities belonging to the municipality, since there are fewer family nuclei in them and “in general, people acquire merchandise in a more equitable and orderly.
With the minimum wage set at 2100 pesos Cubans behind the “economic order” decreed at the end of 2020, Sancti Spiritus have had to pay in May up to 700 pesos (a third of the minimum wage) for a liter of edible oil; a “disappeared” product from Sancti Spiritus stores, including the so-called MLC or “currency recovery” ones.
“The oil is so disappeared that it is not even found in stores in MLC, where a few months ago it was sold in five and even 20-liter formats,” questioned a report on the local newspaper’s ‘VisionEs’ program.
“And not even dream of buying lard,” said the presenter, who denounced that in agricultural markets, sellers no longer separate the fat from the meat as they used to do, but instead, taking advantage of the low supply and high demand, they sell ” the pound of pork meat with fat included at 250 pesos”.
In the same space, the journalist took the opportunity to criticize the sales rotation system by the supply book applied in the Caribe and Cimex stores, due to the unequal frequency with which high-demand products are sold in both.
At the end of April, the newspaper Escambray warned that in May the local authorities would continue to be unable to sell soy yogurt to children between the ages of seven and 13 because there were no raw materials to make the food. After months without raw material for the production of soy yogurt, recently the Río Zaza Dairy Products Industry of Sancti Spíritus resumed production.
Around the same time, the news of the sale in Taguasco of a bread made with low quality domestically produced flour and a plantain spreader. “Total lack of respect; as if we Cubans were pigs. But we go for more… for more worse breads than that,” complained a Sancti Spiritus user of social networks.