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Cuba cuts prices of foods beyond reach of state workers

Published 22/04/2016 | 02:26

Many basic foods are beyond the reach of £17.40-a-month Cubans
Many basic foods are beyond the reach of £17.40-a-month Cubans

Cuba is cutting the prices of some basic foods by 20% following complaints that many staples including rice and cooking oil are too expensive for the communist state's poorly-paid workers.

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The reductions from Friday address widespread complaints that state employees earning about 25 dollars (£17.40) a month cannot afford the products.

In an announcement on the state-run nightly news, the communist government said prices of goods like chicken and cooking oil would be cut in stores that accepted the convertible peso, a currency equivalent to the dollar.

But those goods still remain out of reach for many Cubans - a litre of soya oil still costs nearly a tenth of their monthly salary.

Prices of staples such as rice and beans available in Cuban pesos, worth four cents each, will also drop.

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