HAVANA._ The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba is working intensely for the lifting of the blockade against the island, according to the coalition´s president, Devry Boughner.
She stressed that her organization is working very hard to convince Congress to put an end to restrictions that impede commercial exchanges between the two countries, adding that they consider that this should not be just a one-sided issue as Cuban enterprises should also have access to U.S. markets for their products.
Boughner, who is also an executive with the transnational Cargill, recently led a fact finding delegation of almost one hundred key members of the agribusiness community, representing around twenty U.S. states, to Cuba.
Michael Espy, former Agriculture Secretary during the Clinton administration, commented that it was going to prove very difficult to change the present status of prohibitions against Cuba, but that the fundamental argument in favor was president Barack Obama´s statement that the 50 year old policy has not worked.
He added that closer ties between the two nations would be advantageous for bilateral commerce, even if present restrictions, particularly the requirement that Cuban institutions must pay cash in advance and have no access to credit to finance imports, hinder the development of bilateral trade.
The visitors met with officials from both the Foreign and Agriculture ministries, the Azcuba Company Group, the National Association of Small Peasants, and executives from agricultural cooperatives and other agencies.
The U.S. delegation’s itinerary also included visits to farming regions within the western provinces of Mayabeque, Artemisa and Pinar del Río.Share on FB Share on TT