President Barack Obama will be the first U.S. president in nearly 90 years to visit Cuba when he travels there on March 21-22.
The trip will continue the president’s efforts toward normalization of relations with Cuba, advance bilateral cooperation and express support for human rights. Last week it was announced the United States would restore direct flights to Cuba which could result in 110 flights per day.
Since the president announced last year the normalization of relations, there has been a 54% increase in travel by U.S. citizens to Cuba. It was recently announced that Cleber LLC, an Alabama company, has been authorized to build a factory in Cuba to produce tractors for small farms in Cuba.
USDA’s FY ’17 budget proposes funding a Foreign Agriculture Service office in Cuba. This is to help facilitate greater U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba.