On the sidelines of the G77 + China Leaders’ Summit, Senator Abubakar Kyari the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Federal Government with Cuba on food security and agriculture advancement.
Through the office of the vice president, Olusola Abiola the director of information said that the Expression of Interest (EOI) was a historic journey to strengthen the ties between Nigeria and Cuba in the field of agriculture.
The signing agreement took place in the presence of official delegates from both countries at the Department of Ministry of Agriculture in Cuba.
The Nigerian Minister of Agriculture commended the Cuban government for sharing a prospective vision for their people and also added his heartfelt gratitude for the shared insights into Nigeria’s pressing food and agricultural opportunities and challenges.
Senator Abubakar Kyari highlights Nigeria’s demographic advantage, vast land resources, and immense agricultural potential, promoting President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s vision for food and nutrition security.
“It was in this spirit that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development evolved into the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security,” Senator Kyari noted
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 mechanization, cutting-edge technologies for increased yields, and the reduction of post-harvest losses.
The Minister also said that “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, and the development of pastures and ranching as essential components in curbing the challenges posed by inefficient open grazing of cattle.
Others are training, capacity building, and knowledge transfer as the cornerstone of any thriving agricultural economy.
In his remarks, Cuba’s Minister of Agriculture, Ydael Jesus Perez Brito who signed the MOU told the Nigerian delegation about the island nation’s agricultural prowess, admitting that the country has “over 500,000 hectares under cultivation” and remains “a global player in the export of tobacco, coffee, honey, and other commodities.”
“Mr Brito expressed delight at the opportunity to partner with Nigeria stating that his country would provide impactful cooperation in identified areas contained in the MoU.
The host minister highlights “Cuba’s agricultural human capital and different models of practices which have raised its productivity”.
“He also explained that his country would deploy its wealth of experience to help Nigeria achieve its agriculture and food security policies.
“Nigeria will benefit from Cuba’s agriculture capacity in areas such as bilateral relationships encompassing agricultural productivity, sustainability, knowledge sharing and technology transfer.
Nigerian Vice President Kashim Shettima represented President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the Nigerian delegation to the G77+ China Leaders Summit in Cuba.
H.E Ben Okoye the Nigerian Ambassador to Cuba and other illustrious members of the Nigerian delegates travelled with The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari.
Basic highlights on the Nigerian Agricultural and Food security sector.
Nigeria’s agricultural sector has experienced significant advancements in recent years, driven by government initiatives and private investments. Modern farming techniques, improved crop varieties, and enhanced infrastructure have increased productivity.
Sustainable practices and technology adoption are transforming Nigeria’s agricultural & food security sector into a key player in Africa’s food production, boosting food security and economic growth.