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Santiago de Cuba Hit Hard by Drought

Santiago de Cuba Hit Hard by Drought

14ymdio, Zunilda Mata, 29 March 2017 — Cuba is experiencing one of the
worst droughts of the last half century and its reservoirs are at 39%
capacity, a situation that affects the water supply for people, industry
and agriculture. Santiago de Cuba is going through the most serious
situation, according to José Antonio… Continue reading

Mississippi businesses see potential for trade with Cuba

Mississippi businesses see potential for trade with Cuba
By LISA MONTI

Biloxi businessman Mike Alise was among a delegation from Mississippi
who traveled to Cuba in February to look for trade opportunities.
Alise, the owner and operator of Gulf Coast Produce, said he was struck
by the lack of available food on the island and the fact that Cuba has… Continue reading

Cuba’s communists dig in as Castro’s reform drive hits the sand

Cuba’s communists dig in as Castro’s reform drive hits the sand

Islanders mystified as ‘economic tsar’ Marino Murillo not heard in
public for a year

Cuban president Raúl Castro is preparing to step down next year,
Venezuela has cut millions of dollars in aid and Donald Trump’s election
has cast a shadow over the nascent US-Cuba detente. Unnerved by the… Continue reading

Russia will help Cuba recover its citrus sector

Russia will help Cuba recover its citrus sector

Russia is ready to help Cuba in the recovery and development of the
island’s citrus sector, said the Russian Ministry of Agriculture at the
end of a meeting between Russian Deputy Evgueni Gromika and the Cuban
ambassador in Moscow, Emilio Lozada Garcia.

“Russia’s participation in the recovery and development of Cuba’s citrus… Continue reading

Perdue supports expanded trade with Cuba

Perdue supports expanded trade with Cuba
James Williams 8:35 p.m. CT March 27, 2017

USDA Secretary designate Sonny Perdue is an exceptionally qualified
nominee to lead the USDA. Mr. Perdue has long been an advocate of
expanding trade with Cuba’s $2 billion agricultural import market. We’re
very optimistic that Mr. Perdue will be confirmed by the Senate and will
continue… Continue reading

Evangelical Churches Booming In Cuba Amid Tensions

Evangelical Churches Booming In Cuba Amid Tensions
March 27, 2017 7:47 AM

HAVANA (CBSMiami/AP) — Fidel Castro’s government punished Rev. Juan
Francisco Naranjo and sent him to two years of work camp for preaching
in Cuba where atheism was law. For years, Naranjo’s church was almost
abandoned, with just a handful of people daring to attend services.

Naranjo died in… Continue reading

Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom?

Change is coming to Cuba, but how quickly and for whom?
By Neal Simpson
The Patriot Ledger

HAVANA – At a small beach town on the Bay of Pigs, 27-year-old Kenny
Bring Mendoza approached to see if we needed a taxi.

We didn’t, but Kenny was happy to show off his proficiency in English
and even willing to answer a… Continue reading

Cuba – Drought – Emergency Plan of Action DREF Operation n° MDRCU003 Final Report

Cuba: Drought – Emergency Plan of Action DREF Operation n° MDRCU003
Final Report

REPORT from International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent
Societies Published on 24 Mar 2017 — View Original
reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/MDRCU003dfr.pdf

Description of the Disaster

A long continuous drought combined with heavy rainfall attributed to the
El Niño phenomenon and climate change over the past two years brought… Continue reading

Cuba and Its Rotting Tomatoes

Cuba and Its Rotting Tomatoes
March 23, 2017
By Fernando Ravsberg

HAVANA TIMES — Dozens of tons of tomatoes are rotting in Guantanamo
because nobody is collecting them, according to what journalist Lilibeth
Alfonso tells us on her personal blog. Apparently, there isn’t any
diesel for private trucks who could distribute them to the population.

However, fuel shortages haven’t affected… Continue reading

Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba

Doubtful Meat From Brazil Continues To Be Sold In Cuba / 14ymedio,
Zunilda Mata

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 21 March 2017 — Cubans know a lot about
adulterations. For decades they have grappled with the “diversion of
resources” [i.e. stealing] from state stores and the practice of state
employees acquiring products elsewhere at low prices, bringing them into
the stores… Continue reading

Cuba official – Mich. could be trade partner, investor

Cuba official: Mich. could be trade partner, investor
Charles E. Ramirez, The Detroit News 3:17 p.m. ET March 21, 2017

Detroit — Michigan and Cuba could be great business partners, Cuba’s
ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday.

“I think (like Cuba,) your main asset here is the people,” José Ramón
Cabañas Rodríguez said after his keynote address to the Detroit… Continue reading

How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business

How the Black Market Keeps Cuba’s Private Restaurants in Business
The challenge of running a restaurant “a la izquierda”
by Suzanne Cope Mar 21, 2017, 2:02pm EDT

On a recent January evening, tourists and a few Habaneros sat under a
palm frond canopy sipping rum cocktails, listening to a live band
playing Cuban folk songs — and eating notoriously difficult-to-procure… Continue reading

Unlucky Palm Trees

Unlucky Palm Trees / 14ymedio Marcelo Hernandez

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, 17 March 2017 — As part of the restoration
work of the National Capitol, seven palms were planted at the beginning
of last year on the Paseo del Prado median facing the famous Havana
building. The section that goes from Fraternity Park to near Neptune
Street was then decked out… Continue reading

Hopes too high, too soon?

Cuba: Hopes too high, too soon?
PUBLISHED: 03/16/17 05:21 PM EDT. UPDATED: 03/19/17 07:27 AM EDT.

It’s been almost a year since President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba,
the first American President to visit the Communist island in almost 90
years.

As I look back on the trip I took that week in 2016 to Havana, my hopes
for Cuba… Continue reading

Grow Food In Caves: The Latest Brainwave From The Ministry Of Agriculture In Cuba

Grow Food In Caves: The Latest Brainwave From The Ministry Of
Agriculture In Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida

Juan Juan Almeida, 16 March 2017 — Specialists from MINAGRI, the Cuban
Ministry of Agriculture, tell us that planting seeds inside or near to
the Cuban cave network could quickly guarantee food production, which
would help to satisfy the ever-increasing requirements of… Continue reading

Comer visits Cuba, examines agriculture

Comer visits Cuba, examines agriculture
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 12:15 AM
By Jackson French Bowling Green Daily News

BOWLING GREEN — U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-Tompkinsville, recently
visited Cuba and hopes to restore agricultural trade with the island
nation and provide the United States with a valuable new market for
agricultural exports.

Comer said Cuba is a “logical” market… Continue reading

Illinois Eyes Expanded Trade With Cuba

Illinois Eyes Expanded Trade With Cuba
Alex Ruppenthal | March 13, 2017 4:55 pm

Relaxing trade barriers between the U.S. and Cuba could unlock millions
of dollars in exports for Illinois agriculture producers, estimates
show, and industry advocates are optimistic such a change is coming.

In January, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas introduced a resolution
called the Cuba Agricultural… Continue reading

Louisiana explores ways to develop Cuban ties outside of trade

Louisiana explores ways to develop Cuban ties outside of trade
BY ELIZABETH CRISP | ECRISP@THEADVOCATE.COM MAR 12, 2017 – 8:30 PM

Louisiana could soon take more steps toward developing deeper relations
with Cuba, even though federal restrictions continue to hamper trade
efforts.

The Legislature last year directed the Louisiana Economic Development
agency to examine ways for Louisiana to foster a… Continue reading

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms

Repression in Cuba Comes in Many Forms
March 7, 2017
By Osmel Ramirez Alvarez

HAVANA TIMES — Every Sunday, there is the “Los Chinos” agro-market fair
in the city of Holguin in eastern Cuba. Trucks loaded with produce come
from all over the country, mainly from its central provinces. As there
is competition and since the sellers can bulk buy… Continue reading

Cuba struggles to satisfy cigar demand after bad crops

Cuba struggles to satisfy cigar demand after bad crops
By Sarah Marsh | PINAR DEL RIO, CUBA

Communist-led Cuba is struggling to maintain the supply of some premium
cigar brands in the face of poor tobacco harvests and rising demand,
industry experts said at its annual cigar festival.

El Niño weather that brought excessive rains and unseasonable drought
damaged all… Continue reading

Area businesses could benefit greatly from potential opportunities in Cuba

Area businesses could benefit greatly from potential opportunities in Cuba
BY BOB BARTZ
Special to the Herald

Commerce between Manatee County and Cuba played a significant role in
our local economy up until the 1960 Cuban embargo.

During the 19th century, local ranchers and farmers regularly shipped
cattle and agriculture products from the banks of the Manatee River to
Cuba.… Continue reading

Potatoes Return to the Rationed Market

Potatoes Return to the Rationed Market / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata

14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 23 February 2017 – The unrationed
distribution of potatoes, a symbol of Raul Castro’s government, has
suffered a big setback. During the quarter of February, March and April,
the distribution of potatoes was returned to the ration market
throughout the country, with a limit of 14… Continue reading

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