Cuba and Argentina have begun a new phase of cooperation with the signing of various agreements in the fields of agriculture, livestock and rural development, with trade, business and technical contracts also contributing to further expand bilateral collaboration.
According to Argentinean Agriculture Minister Carlos Casamiquela, the agreements involve a commitment for strategic union on the part of the Argentinean government. Such actions will be complemented with the visit to Cuba in November of a technical mission, representing the first steps in beginning to comply with the agreements.
The first session to be held in Cuba is intended to define a program of specific actions for each sector, and will be complemented by a visit to Argentina by a Cuban delegation. The date of the other visit is still to be agreed upon.
These agreements are the continuation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Cuban and Argentinean agricultural ministries on January 19, 2009, and involve bilateral actions for the period of 2015-2020.
The agreements signed by Casamiquela and his Cuban peer, Gustavo Rodríguez, give priority to food safety, sanity and innocuousness, while proposing to develop projects under the modalities of joint business, technical cooperation and trade agreements.
Those modalities are materialized through different production systems both for livestock and products of animal origin and for agriculture and products of plant origin.
In relation to livestock, what has been predicted is; a job undertaken together with nutritional, reproductive and sanitary management of milkproducing cattle, and technology for milking and processing.
Furthermore technology for production as well as the adding of value to bovine, porcine and avian meat, are foreseen among others.
What is proposed for agriculture is the employment of technology in the mechanization of farming as well as the introduction of precise agriculture and of fruit development in relation with the management of mixed agriculture in the tropical fruit mculture.
Similarly, the two parties agreed to exchange the results of research, innovations and biotechnological achievements in agriculture, as well as their experiences in the creation and implementation of public policies for local rural development with an inclusive nature.
To make this possible, it is necessary to take socio-regional peculiarities into consideration, with a gender and agro ecologybased approach. Providing an exchange for the development attained in technology andagricultural machines must be taken into consideration as well, the agreement reads.
The agreements on commercial, business and technical cooperation reached by Cuba and Argentina were signed during the recent visit made to Havana by Argentinean President Cristina Fernández.
During the visit, Minister of Rural Development Carla Campos Bilbao underlined the importance of contributing to food safety and self-sufficiency in Cuba.
She put emphasis on topics related to animal protein production and supply, particularly poultry and milk products, also reinforcing actions for raising pigs.
Campos Bilbao noted that the chances are being studied for combining a productive sector of small producers –like the one already in place in Cuba- with the development of strategic food producing companies largely run by State.
Regarding that, the idea is to reproduce the successful experiences recorded by Argentina in the provinces of La Rioja and Catamarca, among others.Share on FB Share on TT