US congressman recognizes potential of Cuban market

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Participants at the opening of the Business Conference on Cuba-USA Agriculture, held at the Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba, on November 8, 2018. ACN Photo/Oriol de la Cruz Atencio Hernandez

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — US Congressman Rick Crawford (R), representative for the First District of Arkansas, spoke of the potential of the Cuban market, which cannot be exploited to the maximum due to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the US government on Cuba.

At the US-Cuba Agricultural Conference, held at the Hotel Nacional, Crawford told reporters that Cuba is a significant market, and could at some point be an important recipient of the rice produced in the US.

He noted that the per capita consumption of this cereal in Cuba is higher than the world average, and US policy stops its export from the northern nation.

Crawford recalled that they are introducing a bill aimed at promoting private financing of sales to Cuba, something they have already carried out.

In the past, people ignored the issue and today many people, not only in a concentrated area of the United States but in various localities, talk about improving the access of Americans to the Cuban market, the congressman said.

“We know that it has not been a high priority for the current US administration to get closer to Cuba, but we are going to continue delivering this message and we are going to try to focus attention,” he said.

Farmer Doug Keesling told reporters that it would be good to reach a consensus in the future and that both countries could become “trading partners that are much closer to each other”.

He said that the Cuban market could obtain up to ten percent of its main requirements, which would mean an increase in demand and exports to the island of various items.

Dave Frederickson, Minnesota agriculture commissioner, stated that this exchange is not only about providing Cuba with food, but also about giving Cuban workers the opportunity to export to the United States.

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