Gap Fill - Cuba Rationing - Level 2


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Cuba has announced it will start rationing food and basic products. It says , chicken, eggs, rice, soap and other goods will be rationed. Cuba is facing a economic crisis. There are many of food and other . This is because the USA has changed how it is trading with Cuba. The U.S. trade makes it very difficult for Cuba to buy food. However, many economists say there is a bigger for the shortages. This is the cut in fuel from Venezuela. A in Venezuela has led to a two-thirds cut in fuel to Cuba.

Cuba imports about two-thirds of its food. A of this came from the USA. Cuba spent about $2 billion a on food imports. The US and the crisis in Venezuela means Cuba can import food. Many supermarket shelves are . Many people have to stand in in shops. The government has started rationing to stop people buying and keeping food. If people do , there is less food for others. One store in the city Havana said people could not buy more than four packets of milk and four packs of sausages. One shopper said life was "".

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