Caribbean Council: Farm Bill containing Cuba provision signed into law

President Trump has signed into law the US Farm Bill which contains a provision authorising funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for market development in Cuba under its Market Access Programme (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) programme. A provision introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) prohibits the use of US taxpayer’s funds if such promotional activities are deemed by the US Treasury to be related to entities owned or operated by the Cuban military. In a statement, Engage Cuba, the US pro-trade business lobby, said that the Farm Bill had placed a first dent in the Cuban embargo in nearly 20 years. Noting that it had done so under an administration that had vowed to return to a policy of isolation, it said that engagement with Cuba remained a bipartisan issue and that it would continue to push for change in 2019 in the interests of trade and national security.

Click here to read Engage Cuba’s statement on the Farm Bill.