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Cuba's has announced that it is starting the of food and other products. Cuba's Commerce Minister, Betsy Diaz Velazquez, said beans, chicken, eggs, rice, and other goods would be rationed. She said Cuba is facing a economic crisis. There are many of food and other things in Cuba. Ms Velazquez said this was because the USA has changed how it is trading with Cuba. Velazquez said the U.S. trade means it is very difficult for Cuba to buy a lot of food. However, many say there is a bigger reason for the shortages - the cut in aid from Venezuela. The crisis in Venezuela has led to a two-thirds cut in of cheap fuel to Cuba.

Cuba imports about two-thirds of its food from other . A lot of this used to come from the USA. Cuba spent about $2 billion a year on importing food. The US embargo and the in Venezuela means it is difficult for Cuba to import food. The of many stores and supermarkets are . Many people have to stand in long lines when shops get a food . The government has started rationing to stop people hoarding food. If people buy too much of one and then hoard it, there is less food for . One store in the capital city Havana limited people to four packets of powdered milk, four of sausages and five packets of peas per person. One shopper said life was ""

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