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Cuba faces squeeze on food production as US oil sanctions bite

Oxen are replacing tractors as the island gets by on sharply reduced petroleum deliveries thanks to Trump-ordered measures

Justo Rodríguez mashes through the mud, whipping the two oxen that guide his iron plough as it slowly carves a furrow in the dry soil.

In normal times Rodríguez, 60, uses a tractor to plough these fields. But for months, the farm where he works 12 miles east of Havana, hasn’t had any diesel.

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