The United States Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) looks forward to working with Cuba’s new President Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, his new administration, and the Cuban people on advancing our commercial relations. This historic moment in Cuban history also represents a new chapter in U.S.-Cuba relations.
We hope that this Cuban administration will continue expanding the changes begun under former President Raul Castro whose initiatives to increase the autonomy and efficiency of farm cooperatives and agriculture companies provide direct benefits to Cuban farmers. It is also time for the U.S. Congress to allow our farmers and ranchers the opportunity to compete and participate in the economic reforms taking shape in Cuba today.
We need to adopt an agricultural policy that benefits both U.S. and Cuban farmers by allowing our agricultural products to be exported to Cuba on credit, while expanding additional Cuban agricultural products to be imported to the U.S. This simple act will both secure our national interests and provide direct benefit to both U.S. and Cuban citizens.
All markets are important to U.S. farmers, and Cuba’s agricultural needs represent a billion-dollar market given its geographical proximity and the increasing demand for our quality products. The USACC acknowledges the significance of Cuba’s new presidential leadership and the opportunity it represents in helping to improve U.S.–Cuba relations.