As a former international trade consultant with The New York Department of Commerce, I worked closely with the onion farmers of Pine Island, New York, whose No. 1 export market for fresh onions was Cuba until Castro came to power. The onion growers would be a major beneficiary of reopening trade with Cuba.
Competition between farmers in Florida and Cuba, whose crops are similar, should benefit consumers with more choices, greater supply and lower prices. As long as Cuban imports are not “dumped” (sold below cost or below domestic market prices) and comply with all U.S. regulations, fair competition should result in expanded markets for farmers in Florida and Cuba. Farmers and consumers would benefit in this win-win situation.
Stanley Flax, Surfside
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