US farmers look to gain market share in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — Entrepreneurs from the United States' agricultural sector have arrived in Cuba to promote business between the two countries.

The U.S.-Cuba Agriculture Coalition begins a conference Thursday to explore potential opportunities for American agriculture producers seeking a market on the island. Cuba imports most of its food products from abroad, a multibillion-dollar market that has flourished despite U.S. sanctions.

Trip organizer Phil Peters says the U.S. agribusiness sector is interested in exporting products to Cuba and improving regulatory conditions.

Relations between both countries normalized after former U.S. President Barack Obama loosened the trade embargo. But President Donald Trump has intensified sanctions, making it harder for Americans to travel to Cuba and conduct business.