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Cuba consumes a variety of products from the USA in spite of the embargo, payments are made in rough conditions for the island, no loans are allowed from the banks.

State officials say Virginia's agricultural exports to Cuba are expected to rise by more than 10 percent this year.

Agricultural exports to Cuba, including apples, poultry and soybeans, were worth about $45 million in the first nine months of 2009, according to preliminary figures from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. That compares with $40.7 million worth of exports in all of 2008.

Agriculture Commissioner Todd Haymore says Cuban officials told a state delegation that recently visited the communist nation that agricultural imports from the United States would be down about 37 percent in 2009.

The present economic crisis has also affected Cuba but tourism is having a good season.


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