Maria is late from work and has no choice but to turn to the corner forklift or the occasional street vendor.
She, like all Cuban families by this date, tries to secure the pork, beans and food necessary for a good dinner at the end of the year.
However, Maria is worried about something and tells me annoyed: “Journalist, have you seen the exaggerated prices of garlic and onion …?”
Well, I try to explain that at the fairs they sell these crops. However, the reality is that most of the year is scarce in state markets and small squares, but not in the pallets of individuals.
According to data offered by the Provincial Delegation of Agriculture, at the end of 2019 one of the few indicators that is met in Matanzas is the production of garlic and onion.
Information, which interpreted thoroughly, indicates deficiencies in planning, lack of control and calls to untangle the rough route that begins in the groove.
On the one hand, although the producers and usufructuaries dedicated to this activity have not been given the necessary technological package to assume the complex agricultural production, the land in Cuba by law belongs to the State and contracts between producers that bring rights and obligations for both parties.
Another aspect of the matter is that most of the productions that are officially stockpiled are destined for tourism.
However, a part could be used industrially to invoice garlic or onion paste, high demand productions.
In view of all, from Matanzas municipalities and outside the limits, these products that reach prices between three or four cuc are transported to the provincial capital, which even violates what is established by the Council of the Provincial Administration.
Without a doubt, they are both one of the fundamental ingredients of Cuban cuisine, but they reach the table of Cubans with the bad taste of high prices.