There is a scarcity of flour in Cuba, bread for households is in danger | EUROtoday

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The authorities of Cuba, by means of the Ministry of Food Industry, has acknowledged that, as a result of scarcity of wheat flour, it won’t be able to ensure the bread supplied to the inhabitants by means of the provision booklet till the top of March. “In the next few days, bread production will be seriously affected in every territory, due to the instability in the supply of raw materials,” defined the industrial director of Empresa de Molineria (the state semolina producing firm), Zaily Pérez Hernández, quoted by the official Cubadebate web site.

The island imports round 80% of the merchandise it consumes. And in recent times it has signed agreements with allied international locations, reminiscent of Russia, to ensure the entry of wheat flour to make bread, a staple of the Cuban weight loss program. The Caribbean nation has 5 mills for processing grain: three in Havana, one in Santiago de Cuba (east) and one other in Cienfuegos (southeast). At the second the latter is the one one in operation and produces solely 250 tons of flour per day.

According to Cubadebate, Cuba wants 20 thousand tons per thirty days simply to supply bread for the regulated household basket. The disaster with bread distribution coincides with the return of blackouts as a consequence of gas shortages within the final two months. The state firm Unión Eléctrica (Une) estimated that yesterday there have been simultaneous energy cuts in nearly 32% of the island within the afternoon and night hours, instances of highest consumption. All this at a time when the Caribbean jewel is hit by a severe financial recession, accentuated in recent times not solely by US sanctions, but additionally by the pandemic.