The Center for Democracy in the Americas said "fruits and vegetables are harder to find in Havana and throughout the country in the aftermath of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav."
The government is tapping food reserves and pressuring farmers to sell to their products to the state to bolster the monthly food ration. ...the government has said it will import whatever it needs to avoid hunger.Havanatimes.org said last month that Cuba planned to buy from Canada:
A survey by Reuters found that starches and proteins can still be found easily, but supplies of vegetables and fruits have dried up in state markets, supply and demand markets and on the black market.
- 150,000 tons of wheat
- more than 100,000 tons of peas
- and 1,000 tons of powdered milk.