WASHINGTON – In a media conference following last week’s four-day learning journey to Cuba, Devry Boughner Vorwerk, Chair of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) today reiterated the group’s call for Congress to end the U.S. embargo with Cuba.
- ”Our agribusiness and commodity group representatives had positive interactions with Cuban government officials, Cuban farmers and agricultural cooperatives on last week’s learning journey, and we believe opportunity exists to boost agriculture in both our nations by forging a stronger relationship,” said Vorwerk. “We continue to call for progress on efforts in Congress to end the embargo with Cuba. This learning journey was a good first step, and as a result, U.S. agricultural interests are well-positioned to facilitate a strong, two-way relationship when the embargo is lifted.”
USACC members across the nation reiterated the need to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba, which is located about 90 miles south of Florida.
Vorwerk said last week’s learning journey demonstrated for U.S. agricultural leaders how a meaningful relationship with the United States could benefit the Cuban people and provide new opportunities to boost Cuba’s agricultural capacity. In the long term, an end to the embargo also holds potential to provide access to a new market for U.S. producers.
During the visit from March 1-4, more than 95 representatives of USACC, representing more than a dozen U.S. states, met with officials of the Cuban government and learned about initiatives being undertaken in Cuba to boost food production.