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Cuba launches rationing in face of economic crisis

By The News · 13 of May 2019 16:38:29
AP Photo,, No available, FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2009 file photo, an employee works in a government food store with empty shelves in Havana, Cuba. The Cuban government said, Friday, May 10, 2019, that it will begin rationing chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)

HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government says it will begin rationing chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis.

Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz Velázquez told the state-run Cuban News Agency Friday that various forms of rationing would be employed in order to deal with shortages of staple foods. She blamed the hardening of the U.S. trade embargo by the Trump administration. Economists give equal or greater blame to a plunge in aid from Venezuela.

Food stores in Cuba are government-run and sell products ranging from highly subsidized to wildly overpriced by global standards. She said chicken will now be sold in limited quantities, as will low-priced soap, eggs, rice, beans, lentils and sausages. High-priced goods appear to be unaffected, with the exception of chicken.