Friday, January 20, 2006

Tons of Arkansas Chicken Headed to Cuba

The island nation of Cuba said it intends to buy about 4,630 tons of chicken from Arkansas-based Ozark Mountain Poultry.

Ozark CEO Howard Otwell said the deal is worth about $2.5 million. The company is based in Rogers.

The chicken will be shipped through the Texas port of Corpus Christi.

Pedro Alvarez, the head of Cuba's food import company, signed an agreement with Corpus Christi port officials yesterday and promised to double the amount of Cuba-bound cargo coming through the port.

Most U.S. trade with Cuba is banned under a 45 year old U.S. embargo designed to undermine Fidel Castro's communist government.

But a law passed in the year 2000 allows American food and other agricultural products to be sold to Cuba.

Alvarez has said Cuba has contracted to buy $1.5 billion in American food since Castro's government began taking advantage of the U.S. law in late 2001.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Kat Robinson, Producer
Created: 1/20/2006 5:47:17 AM
Updated: 1/20/2006 10:06:04 AM

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