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Istvan Ojeda Bello

The Cuban economy: Buying abroad

The Cuban economy: Buying abroad

After decades of trying to replace imports, Cuba remains highly dependent on them. Imports provide most of what Cuba needs to stay afloat. The goods brought in by ordinary citizens are just a tiny portion of the nation’s total imports.

The harvests are ready, but lost

The harvests are ready, but lost

Public funds devote no less than $1 billion a year to the importation of food; consequently, the national production of food is a priority. It is one of the many reasons the concern over wasted harvests is shared by all. Cuba cannot afford to allow harvested produce to go irremediably to waste.

Growing electrical consumption puts pressure on the Cuban system

Growing electrical consumption puts pressure on the Cuban system

Home consumption of electricity continues to rise in Cuba, an unmistakable symptom of prosperity. But that dependence is putting additional pressure on the national system of generation, which remains overly dependent on nonrenewable sources of energy.

Sugar harvest looks for the perfect double play

Sugar harvest looks for the perfect double play

Producing sugar has a lot in common with executing a good double play in baseball. During the 2015-2016 sugar harvest, only two Cuban provinces, Sancti Spíritus and Ciego de Ávila, managed to complete their double play, which, in this case, was to meet their respective production targets.

Rural tourism: Foreigners among Cuban farmers

Rural tourism: Foreigners among Cuban farmers

The first Americans at the La Conchita farm, 10 kilometers south of Puerto Padre, will soon usher a new stage in the lives of Moisés Mora Sicilia and his family, who, for the past two years, have developed the most successful experience in rural tourism in Las Tunas province.

The more protected spaces, the better

The more protected spaces, the better

The conservationist drive was expressed in Cuba’s public spending for the preservation of the environment, which rose from 278 million dollars to 488 million dollars in a five-year period. But the lack of funds to hire more personnel continues to be a problem.

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