Nigeria and Cuba have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, on the improvement of agriculture and food security.

Sen Kyari and Ydael Jesus Perez Brito, after signing the MOU in Cuba

In the presence of representatives from both nations, including Ben Okoye, Nigeria’s ambassador to Cuba, the agreement was signed in the Ministry of Agriculture of Cuba by the nation’s Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari.

Sen. Kyari applauded the Cuban government’s desire to collaborate with Nigeria, adding that both organizations have similar goals for their respective populations.

He also expressed his gratitude for the common understanding of Nigeria’s urgent agricultural and food possibilities and problems, with an emphasis on crucial areas like bio-fortification of agricultural produce, enhancement of seeds and seedlings, mechanization, as well as cutting-edge technologies for greater yields and decreased post-harvest.

Cuba’s Minister of Agriculture, Ydael Jesus Perez Brito, responded by showcasing Cuba’s agricultural competence.

Representatives of both Nigeria and Cuba after the signing of the MOU

He noted that the nation has over 500,000 hectares under cultivation and continues to be a major exporter of goods like tobacco, coffee, honey, and other agricultural products.

He expressed happiness at the chance to work with Nigeria and promised that his nation will offer significant assistance in the areas outlined in the agreement.

Brito stated that his nation was prepared to use its wealth of knowledge to help Nigeria attain food and agricultural security.

Story: Hilda Katu