Saturday, 13 March 2010

Not so sweet

Production at Cuba's sugar plants has been hit hard this year by inefficiency, a spate of breakdowns and other technical problems, state-media reported last Wednesday, adding to sobering news for the Communist-run island's economy.

The media blame poor planning and "a lack of discipline" going on to say "we must defeat a hard enemy - loss of industrial time".
Sugar - once the be-all and end-all of Cuba's economy - now ranks no higher than third behind nickel production and tourism, contributing about $600 million a year.

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