Otter Reports In

I Went to Cuba and All I Got Was This $100K Contract

In addition to our story today about Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's trip to Cuba, we also got Otter's official report from his trip.

The net? One $100,000 contract for a meat-packing company. And lots of multi-lingual connections.

From a prepared statement by Otter:

“We did a lot of field preparation down there; I have high hopes that the work we’ve done and will continue doing in the weeks and months ahead, sowing the seeds of commerce, will result in a fruitful harvest for Idaho producers and businesses,” Otter said. “The relationships we’re building in Cuba could pay dividends for years to come.”

Celia Gould, director of the Idaho Department of Agriculture, said meetings during the week resulted in the beginning of cooperation with Carlos Borroto, vice director of the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, on the issue of nematodes. Those talks also could result in a Cuban market for Idaho seed potatoes if Borroto is allowed to travel to Idaho for a site visit before issuing an import permit.

Independent Meats plans to ship 54 metric tons of boneless pork legs to Cuba in June, a contract worth more than $100,000. And company officials in Twin Falls are optimistic about future sales.

In addition, Hands of Hope donated medical supplies to the Policinico Universiario clinic on behalf of the state of Idaho.