Cuban pig economics
Pork is THE meat is Cuba. Beef is very limited and tightly government controlled. Possession of beef for consumption is a serious crime against the state. Most chicken consumed in Cuba is imported from the US and therefore only available in government stores. Chicken in quantity is simply unsuitable for home production. Fish is in short supply. But anyone can raise a pig at home for low cost. Pigs are a great income supplement or private source of income.
After about 9 months, you have a marketable pig. The standard price is 15 Cuban pesos or US$.60 a pound. Locally in Cueto, pigs are weighed on the scale at the train station, the only one available. The man in the uniform is not there in any official capacity. He is the seller of the pig. This pig weighed 146 pounds; bringing the equivalent of US$88. The sellerís profit of $64 is equivalent to about six months of his government salary. The pig is very unhappy being tied up to be placed on the scale. And he has not yet realized that he has seen his last sunrise.
Alternately, someone may spit roast the pig and sell it as sandwiches. A fresh roasted pork sandwich is 5 Cuban pesos or 20 cents equivalent.