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Private credit for Cuba on table

Private credit for Cuba on table
Bill would ease agriculture trade
By Frank E. Lockwood

WASHINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said he wants to
remove barriers to trade with Cuba, telling a House committee this week:
“If our folks grow it, I want to sell it.”

Current U.S. law prevents American farmers from extending credit to
Cuban purchasers.… Continue reading

LITTLE-NOTICED FIRST U.S. RICE SHIPMENT TO CUBA SINCE 2008

LITTLE-NOTICED FIRST U.S. RICE SHIPMENT TO CUBA SINCE 2008
By Chuck Abbott
5/15/2017

The nonpartisan U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council says the first
shipment of U.S. rice to Cuba in nine years apparently passed unnoticed
in the ongoing debate over trade with the island nation. Based in New
York, the council, which produces monthly reports on commerce involving
the countries,… Continue reading

Trade with Cuba remains a priority for potato, wheat officials

Trade with Cuba remains a priority for potato, wheat officials
A team from Potatoes USA recently returned from an “informational
exchange mission” in Cuba.
John O’ConnellCapital Press
Published on May 1, 2017 10:06AM
Last changed on May 1, 2017 2:51PM

A team from Potatoes USA tours a potato field in Cuba. Cuba plans to
evaluate seed from the U.S. in… Continue reading

Growth returns to Caribbean Basin, but recovery is uneven

Growth returns to Caribbean Basin, but recovery is uneven
BY JACQUELINE CHARLES AND MIMI WHITEFIELD
jcharles@miamiherald.com

Economic performance in the Caribbean will be uneven this year: Some
economies will grow by 5 percent or more, but others will be lucky to
eke out even negligible economic growth.

“The Dominican Republic and Guyana are expected to remain the strongest
performers in… Continue reading

Residents Thank the Rain That Put Out The Year’s Biggest Fire

Residents Thank the Rain That Put Out The Year’s Biggest Fire

The provinces at greatest risk for fire are Guantanamo, Pinar del Rio,
Matanzas, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, and Isla de la Juventud. (EFE)
14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 19 April 2017 – When the wind blows, the
odor of burning overwhelms the town of El Guay, in the municipality of… Continue reading

Retired military officials ask Trump to continue normalization process with Cuba

Retired military officials ask Trump to continue normalization process
with Cuba
BY NORA GÁMEZ TORRES
ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com

Sixteen retired senior military officers are asking the Trump
administration to continue the process of normalization with Cuba for
the sake of U.S. national security and stability in the region.

“The location of Cuba in the Caribbean and proximity to the US make it… Continue reading

Green Gold From Cuba’s Fields

Green Gold From Cuba’s Fields

14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 7 April 2017 – A shout disturbed
the morning’s tranquility. “Avocaaaaaaado!” shouted the roving salesman
as he toured the streets of Central Havana. Considered the “green gold”
of foods, this fruit could become an important source of income for the
island, due to the high level of consumption around the world.… Continue reading

First U.S. Rice Exported to Cuba Since 2007

First U.S. Rice Exported to Cuba Since 2007
APRIL 4, 2017 01:12 PM
By Ben Potter
AgWeb.com
Social Media and Innovation Editor

John Kavulich, president of the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council,
reports that a shipment of rice will travel from the port of
Houston/Galveston to the Republic of Cuba – the first shipment of its
kind in a decade.… Continue reading

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

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 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

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