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Abraham: Trade possibilities with Cuba unlimited

April 12, 2016
In The News

BATON ROUGE — Fifth District U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, who returned from a trade mission to Cuba Saturday, said Louisiana farmers could experience a boon when decades-long restrictions are finally lifted.

"For us the possibilities are unlimited," said Abraham, R-Alto, who coordinated the trip with Arkansas Congressman Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, and producers from both states.

Cubans especially crave Louisiana rice, and Acadiana rice farmer Richard Fontenot believes the island nation could buy as much as half of the state's crop when the trade embargo is eventually lifted.

But Abraham, who met with the country's minister of finance, minister of commerce and agriculture officials, said all Louisiana commodities could benefit after normalization.

"They very much want our products," Abraham said. "There's definitely a renewed excitement among the Cuban people about the benefits of trade with the United States."

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