Bolster The Puerto Rico Economy Through Agriculture
Maggie and I decided to visit her Aunt and Uncle in the mountains of Utuado yesterday. The drive through the beauty of Puerto Rico is relaxing and serene. As I drove and viewed the wide expanses of unused land, my mind began to reel about the economy of Puerto Rico and how the government is trying to handle the situation.
Recently, the United States government opened up relations with Cuba. In itself, I believe this is a good sign. There was something a journalist mentioned that did disturb me. The quote read: Can Cuba feed the United States? Why did this disturb me?
While I have traveled back and forth in between Puerto Rico, Missouri, and Nebraska, I found myself searching for products of Puerto Rico in the Midwest United States. I found none. Why?
I won't claim to be an agriculture expert, but I will mention that my family run a very large farming operation in Northern Iowa. I know enough about farming via my Uncle, and the Word of God to know that we as humans must depend on farmers. Growing crops will sustain the world.
The United States put Puerto Rico in a difficult situation. The exportation of goods from here must only be done via the U.S. Merchant Marines. The costs are high. Farmers find no profits in it. The majority of items grown in Puerto Rico stay in Puerto Rico for consumption here.
The Puerto Rican government decided that manufacturing is a better tax source, and they put all their "eggs in the manufacturing business." Most of this came to "special benefits" to pharmaceutical companies.
When you drive through Puerto Rico, instead of seeing lush crops, you see billboards and factories that have names such as:
- Eli Lilly
- Abbott Laboratories
- Bristol-Myers Squibb
- and many more
The Puerto Rico government has wanted to "amp up" the economy, and they have pushed higher tax rates on these companies. I watched as Pfizer tore down one of their biggest operations in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
Many of these companies are moving to overseas areas where they can make larger profits. They are leaving Puerto Rico in a quandary.
So how does Puerto Rico survive the abandonment of these pharmaceutical companies?
It is simple.
It is time to go back to what these island survived on since it was conquered by Spanish forces. Yes, they depleted much of the gold reserves, but not all the other commodities they used it for.
Puerto Rico has a large supply of unused lands that are prime for farming. The Spanish used to love Puerto Rican:
- Bananas and plantains
The United States needs to help their people first. In doing so, they can help the world. Instead of importing from other countries, they first should consider their people. So who exports the biggest amounts of some of these items?
Who are the largest exporters?
Bananas and plantains
Help Puerto Rico
All of the items in the table above will grow quite well in Puerto Rico. So why isn't it happening? Because there is no incentive. There is no profit. The taxes and shipping swallow any profits the growers could make.
Maggie's Aunt and Uncle had given a go at growing and roasting coffee. They could not afford to hire workers, because the payoff was not high enough. Now, the coffee trees just drop their fruit to the ground. It is the same with oranges, grapefruit and others commodities.
Those who control
I am calling upon both the Puerto Rican government and the United States government to take a close look at this.
The many who are begging in the streets could be picking coffee or oranges. The agriculture of Puerto Rico could feed many if handled correctly.
There is a good amount of unused lands that could be growing opportunities. Take some of the pie from Brazil and give it to Puerto Rico which is a part of the United States. It just makes good sense.
These are the people who have power to make this happen:
Dr. Myrna Comas Pagan
Puerto Rico Dept. of Agriculture Secretary
P.O. Box 10163
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00908-1163
Direct Phone: (787) 722-0291
Fax: (787) 723-8212
It is time to bring Puerto Rico back into a good economical standing, and agriculture IS the answer!
Instead of considering the Communist regime of Cuba feeding the U.S., consider allowing Puerto Rico the opportunity.
Some of the outrageous rules and regulations need to be lightened, allowing Puerto Rican commodities free travel to the mainland.
- Agriculture in Puerto Rico
- Puerto Rico Agriculture, Information about Agriculture in Puerto Rico
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, etc…
- SUSTA ~ Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture
© 2015 Greg Boudonck
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