Nigeria collaborates with Cuba to tackle food insecurity

The Federal Government and the Republic of Cuba have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on food security and agricultural growth.

In a statement published on Sunday, the Director of Information, Office of the Vice President, Olusola Abiola, revealed that the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, signed the MoU for the Nigerian Government in Havana, Cuba.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the MoU was signed on the sidelines of the ongoing G77+China Leaders’ Summit at the Headquarters of Cuba’s Ministry of Agriculture, in the presence of officials from both countries.

Kyari termed the Expression of Interest (EOI) as a historic tour to strengthen agricultural ties between Nigeria and Cuba. He complimented the Cuban government’s desire to engage with Nigeria, emphasizing that both countries have the same objective for their people. The minister thanked everyone for their insights into Nigeria’s crucial food and agricultural possibilities and issues.

Furthermore, he stressed Nigeria’s population advantage, vast land resources, great agricultural potential, and President Bola Tinubu’s goal of food and nutrition security.

“It is in this spirit that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has evolved into the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security,” he explained. Kyari also extended a hand of partnership to his Cuban counterparts, emphasizing critical areas such as bio-fortification of agricultural output and the improvement of agricultural seeds and seedlings.

He added:

“Others were agricultural mechanisation, cutting-edge technologies for increased yields, and the reduction of post-harvest losses. “Nigeria is keenly interested in collaborating with Cuba in the domains of poultry, livestock, and fisheries.

“Key areas of cooperation include veterinary medicine, vaccine development, artificial insemination, development of pastures and ranching as essential components in curbing the challenges posed by inefficient open grazing of cattle.”

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