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El Trigal Wholesale Agricultural Market Closes Its Doors

El Trigal Wholesale Agricultural Market Closes Its Doors / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 13 May 2016 – Less than three years after it opened,
the El Trigal agricultural market closed its doors this Friday after it
was announced on primetime television news last night by the vice
president of the provincial government, Luis Carlos Gongora Dominguez.

Located in Havana’s Boyeros municipality, the center had been heavily
criticized by the official press itself in recent months, for its high
prices and their possible causes. An article published on the Cubadebate
site today enumerated the irregularities that occurred in the market,
such as “violations, bad management, corruption, lack of control.”

Gongora Dominguez said that the sale of agricultural products would
cease “temporarily” and the agricultural cooperative that manages the
place would also be dissolved, because of “a group of irregularities”
that were presented.

The vice president of the provincial government did not detail the
causes that have led to the closure of El Trigal, and the television
news just announced that in the coming days they will explain to people
what happened through “Cuba Dice” (Cuba Says), an information segment
that addresses issues such as shortages, the diversion of resources and
bureaucratic excesses, from an official point of view.

With the closing of El Trigal many of the retail agricultural markets
lost their source of supply in the Cuban capital, including local
markets and pushcart vendors.

The El Trigal market, with 16,000 square meters and 292 stalls, was
opened with great fanfare in December of 2013, and was created with the
purpose, among others, of “eliminating obstacles to the marketing of
agricultural products.” The cooperative that managed El Trigal was
established with ten partners and the place was basically conceived to
concentrate the production from Artemisa and Mayabeque provinces for
distribution in Havana.

However, high prices and shortages in that market have been the reality
in the just over two years of the life of El Trigal.

Source: El Trigal Wholesale Agricultural Market Closes Its Doors /
14ymedio – Translating Cuba –

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