Bangor Daily News
Some Aroostook County Maine potato growers may get involved, through a Canadian intermediary, in a fact-finding mission to Cuba later this winter.
There is some interest in Cuba about acquiring Maine potato seed, according to Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board.
Flannery said Wednesday that a Canadian dealing in exports to Cuba has made contacts in Aroostook County.
There was also a meeting last year of some growers with Cubans in Canada, Flannery said.
“He’s [a Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, man] interested in having growers go with a group from Canada,” Flannery said at the monthly meeting of the Maine Potato Board. “He knows the logistics of exporting to Cuba, and he would like some of us to go along.”
The group, according to Flannery, could include Maine’s commissioner of agriculture and seed growers from Aroostook County.
The trade mission is expected to be going to Cuba on Dec. 11. He expected that four people from Maine would be included in the trade mission. The group will be traveling through Montreal to make the trip.
“We’ve got to look at new markets,” Flannery said. “Seed from Canada and Europe is now sold in Cuba.
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” he said.
He said seed from Holland is expensive to get to Cuba, and that could give Maine growers a niche. He said Maine potatoes could be exported to Cuba through Canada.