Jamaica, Cuba to explore areas of cooperation in agro-industry



In a bid to strengthen ties in the agro-industrial sector, a delegation from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries will be visiting Cuba to explore possibilities for cooperation and exchange of ideas on how Jamaica and Cuba can move ahead economically, socially and culturally.

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda, made this announcement at a luncheon in honour of Ambassador Ileana Nunez Mordoche, Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, yesterday at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston.

Addressing members of the private sector and heads of public sector agencies in the Ministry, Minister Samuda said that among the areas identified for strengthening were animal husbandry, with emphasis on improving the alternative feeding programme to reduce Jamaica’s dependence on imported soya bean and corn, as well as training for workers in critical industries such as the sugar cane industry.

“Now, more than ever before, we must begin to focus on our immediate neighbours, states with whom we had a long tradition of friendship and cooperation,” said Minister Samuda, who noted that with limited resources Cuba has stayed on the cutting-edge of competition in terms of technology.

Ambassador Mordoche emphasised that the main objective of her visit to Jamaica was to increase bilateral trade relations between Cuba and Jamaica.

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