CUBAN CITRUS INDUSTRY'S TRANSITION INTO THE INTERNATIONAL FREE MARKET ARENA

MURARO, RONALD P.

Abstract


Following the developments in the former socialist countries of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe since 1989, dramatic changes have occurred within the Cuban citrus industry. The market driven restructuring of Cuba's industry, such as foreign joint ventures and establishment of grower cooperatives, were reported to the 1996 FSHS. This paper reviews the programs implemented and evaluates how these programs have changed Cuba's citrus production and marketing strategies. Revised acreage and production data along with changes in fresh and processed market utilization and exports are discussed. An overview is also presented on the possible market implications to Florida and U.S. citrus industries if and when the U.S. economic sanctions are lifted.

Keywords


citrus; cuba; cuban citrus industry

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283