Poor Cuban Shrimp Harvest

HAVANA TIMES, Dec 21 — The dismal results of shrimp fishing this year were critically examined yesterday by committees of the National Assembly, which is meeting at the Havana Conference Center, reported the Trabajadores weekly newspaper.

The minister of the food industry reported that the failures in post-larvae production and catches resulted in lower-than-expected income from the seafood exports, whose costs exceeded plans by nearly 1,000 CUCs per ton.

The shortfall was blamed on deteriorating infrastructure and industrial production, poor transportation and working provisions, insufficient work with genetics, deficiencies in the management and organization of work processes, the theft of products, planning and hiring errors, difficult working conditions and low wages.