NIGERIA – In a significant move towards enhancing food security and advancing agriculture, Nigeria and Cuba have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signifying a momentous step in strengthening bilateral ties between the two nations in the realm of agriculture.

The signing ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Agriculture in Cuba, saw the presence of officials from both countries, underlining the commitment of both nations to the cause of food security.

Director of Information at the Office of the Vice President, Olusola Abiola, emphasized that this Expression of Interest (EOI) marked a significant milestone in the journey to bolster collaboration between Nigeria and Cuba in the field of agriculture.

During a pre-signing meeting, Senator Kyari commended the Cuban government for its willingness to partner with Nigeria, highlighting the shared vision both countries have for their people.

He also expressed gratitude for the invaluable insights into Nigeria’s agricultural opportunities and challenges that Cuba had provided.

Senator Kyari underscored Nigeria’s demographic advantage, abundant land resources, and immense agricultural potential, aligning with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s vision for food and nutrition security, which led to the evolution of the Ministry of Agriculture into the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

Senator Kyari extended a hand of partnership to his Cuban counterparts, focusing on critical areas of collaboration such as bio-fortification of agricultural produce, enhancement of agricultural seeds and seedlings, agricultural mechanization, cutting-edge technologies for increased yields, and reducing post-harvest losses.

He also highlighted Nigeria’s keen interest in collaborating with Cuba in the domains of poultry, livestock, and fisheries.

Key areas of cooperation encompass veterinary medicine, vaccine development, artificial insemination, and the development of pastures and ranching, which are crucial components in addressing the challenges posed by inefficient open grazing of cattle.

Additionally, training, capacity building, and knowledge transfer were emphasized as cornerstones for fostering a thriving agricultural economy.

Cuba’s Minister of Agriculture, Ydael Jesus Perez Brito, who signed the MOU, showcased the island nation’s agricultural prowess.

He acknowledged that Cuba boasts over 500,000 hectares under cultivation and maintains its status as a global player in the export of tobacco, coffee, honey, and other commodities.

Expressing delight at the opportunity to collaborate with Nigeria, Mr. Brito assured impactful cooperation in the areas outlined in the MOU.

He highlighted Cuba’s agricultural human capital and various successful models of practices that have significantly boosted productivity. Cuba, with its wealth of experience, is poised to support Nigeria in achieving its agriculture and food security objectives.

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