Cuba Business

Granma reports 16000 people apply for farmland grants in Cuba in three days

Posted September 22, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Business.

Juan Varela Pérez | Granma | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

At the end of the third day of the process of distributing idle state lands for cultivation, the number of those who requested to be included into that process had risen to 16,013.

The petitions are equal to 508,875 acres and there are four provinces that are in the vanguard: Camagüey, Ciego de Ávila, Sancti Spíritus and Granma.

Of these applications, 7,119 belong to people interested in producing several crops and 6,818 for cattle and smaller livestock.

The maximum limit, as established in the Decree Laws 259 and 282 of the Council of State, for distribution to nationals without land is 33.16 acres and those who possess deeds to land or to cultivate will be able to increase it up to 99.46 acres.

Member Comments

On September 22, 2008, publisher wrote:

Hmmm. Do you think the Cuban people want a change?

Seems like they want to work for themselves and not the government.

What a concept!

On September 22, 2008, manfredz wrote:

lets see how far govt is prepared to modernize.  If they discover that these privatized farms are far more productive, maybe they’ll start allowing some private businesses too.
We may be watching a significant shift (far more reaching than allowing cellphones etc), or if they’re going to both bog these privatized farms is so much bureaocracy etc that they wont stand a chance.

On September 22, 2008, publisher wrote:

Right. Normally I would be suspect regarding capitalist reforms but this is a good fit with the communist system so I’m not so cynical.

Of course you can’t speak out against the government, give the government probably more than half of what you grow, probably pay taxes on the sales of 100% of your crops (yes even the portion that the government takes) and of course you cannot sell the land.

Other than that I don’t see any restrictions grin