U.S. Wheat consultant returns from Cuba

by Chrystal Shannon
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A milling consultant for U.S. Wheat Associates who traveled to Cuba in early January to help millers with the first commercial shipload of U.S. wheat in 40 years to that country, said he hoped to see more supplies of U.S. wheat to Cuba.

"I hope we made good a impression, and it will be a good step in the right direction of supplying them with U.S. wheat," said Elieser S. Posner, the consultant sent to Cuba by U.S. Wheat and the Kansas Wheat Commission to provide Cuban millers technical assistance in milling U.S. wheat.

Posner was asked to review the Cubans’ mill equipment and advise them how to adjust their mills to best use U.S. wheat. "It was an interesting experience to work with the Cuban millers," he said. "The hard red winter (wheat) performed well after changes were made, and it gave the millers hands-on experience in new approaches to milling technology from which they were isolated."

Pedro Alvarez, president of Alimport (Cuba’s food importing enterprise), has said Cuba would be willing to purchase more U.S. agricultural products if the U.S. government lifted what he called its "restrictive financing and cumbersome licensing procedures."