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Nigeria and Cuba strengthen ties to advance agriculture and food security

Owing to their common objective, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari on behalf of the Federal Government with Cuba, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on food security and agriculture advancement, during the G77+ China Leaders’ Summit

During the pre-signing meeting, Kyari lauded the willingness of Cuba’s government to partner with Nigeria, expressing heartfelt gratitude for the shared insights into Nigeria’s pressing food and agricultural opportunities and challenges. 

While highlighting Nigeria’s demographic advantage, vast land resources and immense agricultural potential, Senator Kyari extended a hand of partnership to his Cuban counterparts with a focus on vital areas such as bio-fortification of agricultural produce, improvement of agricultural seeds and seedlings, agricultural mechanisation, cutting-edge technologies for increased yields, and the reduction of post-harvest losses.

Moreover, he also revealed Nigeria’s keen interest in collaborating with Cuba in the domains of poultry, livestock, and fisheries. Key areas of cooperation would include veterinary medicine, vaccine development, and artificial insemination, among others. 

Cuba’s Minister of Agriculture, Ydael Jesus Perez Brito expressed great delight in the partnership, underlining Cuba’s agricultural human capital and different models of practices which have raised its productivity. He further assured Cuba’s commitment to helping Nigeria achieve its agriculture and food security policies.