13 January 2000
US food groups call for Cuba trade

US farm groups are calling for a change in their governments embargo on trading with Cuba.

The Financial Times reports that many of the well-known agribusiness corporations have already organised sales missions to the island, lying just 90 miles off Americas coast.

Visitors include Monsanto, Archer Daniels Midland, Dow AgroSciences and Premium Standard Farms.

Their interest has been kindled by a change in US policy last year. President Bill Clinton modified US sanction to allow licensed sales of food and farm inputs to non-governmental entities in Cuba.

The farm and agri-business lobby wants the US administration to go further and exempt food from unilateral trade embargoes.

Cubas is a potential $1 billion market for US food exports.