Missouri Governor Jay Nixon brought a 20-ton donation of rice to Cuba for a business and agriculture forum in Havana. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Missouri Governor Jay Nixon led a trade mission to Havana on Monday (May 30) for the start of a business and agriculture forum during which 20 tonnes of rice were donated to the Cuban people. Nixon announced the donation from the Martin Company as a gesture of good will to the Caribbean island. "Today I'm happy to announce the delivery to the port of Mariel a shipment of 20 tonnes of Martin rice grown and processed near Bernie, Missouri. The owners of Martin rice, David, Mike and Tim Martin are here as part of the Missouri delegation, and they send this rice to the people of Cuba at no cost as a gesture of goodwill to reinforce the fine quality of Missouri rice to Cuba," Nixon said. Nixon arrived in Havana on Sunday with fellow state representatives of agriculture, education and business, with the intention of stimulating exports to the island and will remain on the island until June 1. "Missouri is well positioned to provide excellent products and animals to the country of Cuba that will be valuable to agriculturists and consumers right here," said Nixon, who was accompanied by the head of the Missouri Soybean Association and other agricultural leaders.