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U.S. farmers ask Trump to stay the course on Cuba

Havana | Reuters — Dozens of U.S. farm and agribusiness groups on Thursday urged President-elect Donald Trump to build upon progress made by the Obama administration in relations with Cuba, calling trade with the former Cold War foe particularly important at a time of a severe downturn in farm incomes. The agricultural trade groups stated

Cuba backtracks on food reforms as conservatives resist change

Havana | Reuters –– Cuba decided at a secretive Communist Party congress last week to reverse market reforms in food distribution and pricing, according to reports in official media, reflecting tensions within the party about the pace of economic change. President Raul Castro unveiled an ambitious market reform agenda in one of the world’s last

Cuba experiments with wholesale market for farmers

Havana | Reuters — Cuba opened its first wholesale market for farmers in decades on Sunday, an experiment limited to agricultural supplies in one area and the latest market-oriented reform for the communist-run island. While Cuba has allowed nearly 500,000 small-business owners and their employees to operate privately and hundreds of thousands of farmers to

Cuban sugar harvest falters; foreign investment sought

Havana | Reuters — For the third consecutive year Cuba’s reorganized sugar industry is failing to perform up to expectations, increasing pressure on the government to open up the once-proud sector to foreign investment. Already one mill, the first since the industry was nationalized soon after the 1959 revolution, is under foreign management, with at

Despite reforms, Cuba is growing less food than five years ago

Cuba is producing less food than it did five years ago despite efforts to increase agriculture production, the government reported Aug. 31. Some export crops and farm output aimed at substituting food imports registered minor gains, but overall output last year remained below 2007 levels, according to a report issued by the National Statistics Office.

Cuba Frees Farmers To Sell To Havana Markets

Cuba, yielding to public complaints, said June 11 it would allow farmers to sell more food directly to Havana’s often sparse produce markets, and also replaced the country’s agriculture minister. Farmers have long said the state failed to adequately move their produce to market, while consumers have complained food is often scarce and of poor

Cuba To Reorganize State Farms, Trim Bureaucracy

“The urgency of reducing imports and increasing food production has accelerated solutions to this old problem…” Cuba’s Agriculture Ministry will cut thousands of bureaucratic jobs and reorganize its large state-run farms into smaller plots in a bid to reverse steadily declining food output, official media said Nov. 10. Communist Party newspaper Granma said that 89,000

Cuba Grants Land To Thousands Of New Farmers

Cuba has approved 45,500 land grants in the largest land redistribution since the 1960s, the Communist party Granma newspaper reported Feb. 2, as the country turns to the private sector to increase food production. “Deputy Agriculture Minister Alcides Lopez explained 96,419 applications had been received as of Jan. 22 … for 1,300,000 acres (650,000 hectares)