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Government ease social and economic restraints on Cubans

Published:Thursday | April 3, 2008 | 12:38 PM

The government of Cuba has started to lend unused state land to private farmers and cooperatives for the growth of tobacco, coffee and other crops.

Head of Cuba’s National Farmers Association, Orlando Lugo, said the government has begun paying farmers higher prices for some of their produce.

The government of the new president, Raul Castro, aimed at easing some of the social and economic restraints on Cubans.

The government has already loosened its control on the sale of consumer goods such as, DVD players and mobile phones.

It has also lifted a long-standing ban on its citizens staying at the island’s major hotels.