Ag Sales Would Help U.S. Farmers

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American farm income has stagnated for three years in a row and needs new export markets, say U.S. Congressmen from Kansas and Arkansas. Opening up the $2 billion food market in Cuba would bring immediate benefits to states such as Kansas and Arkansas, with sales of wheat, rice and corn. Kansas would see an additional $55 million in sales and Arkansas an additional $52 million, say its Congressmen, if the U.S. would change its legal restrictions on private credits for commodity sales. U.S. imports from non-state Cuban farmers would also benefit the island’s private sector. (Feedstuffs)

President of Bolivia to Visit Cuba: Evo Morales Ayma, the President of Bolivia, is expected to be the second head of state to visit Cuba after the election of Miguel Diaz-Canel as the country’s new president, reports Cuban media. Last week President Madura visited Cuba to meet with Diaz-Canel, following the inauguration of the new Cuban president April 19. (Granma)

South Africa Scales Back Cuba Medical Program: A program to train South African doctors in Cuba will be scaled back because too many students are returning home at once, say South African officials. Some 700 fifth-year students are scheduled to return home in July. That number will strain the nation’s ability to absorb them into graduate level medical schools and provincial internships, say officials. The program to train South African students in Cuban medical schools began in 1996, with 750 graduates to date, but was dramatically expanded in 2012 when 1,000 students were sent to study in Cuba – almost twice the number of doctors (1,200) graduating in South Africa annually. (Business Day)

Costa Rica and Cuba Sign Migration Agreement: Cuba and Costa Rica have signed a bi-lateral agreement to regulate the flow of migration between the two countries, and to boost cooperation in the fight against illegal immigration human trafficking. The agreement was signed yesterday in San Jose. The agreement is the result of talks that began in November 2017 in San Jose at the 1stRound of Talks on Migration Issues, reports Cuban media. (La Prensa)

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