The Cuban delegation headed by Gustavo Rodriguez Rollero, Minister of Agriculture, finished today a visit to the United States, invited by the US Department of Agriculture.
During his stay in Washington and Iowa, the Cuban Minister met his counterpart Thomas Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture; Michael Scuse, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce. The Minister also visited places of interest related to agricultural production and research, including Iowa State University, where he had exchanges with farmers and experts.
Likewise, the Cuban delegation met entrepreneurs and representatives from organizations that favor both, the commercial links and the lifting of the blockade such as the US Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba and Engage Cuba.
With the purpose to strengthen the bonds in this sector, the highest authorities in Agriculture from both countries agreed to continue negotiations for the signature of specific instruments on cooperation in animal health and plant health matters, with the view to implement the objectives identified in the Memorandum of Understanding on Agriculture Cooperation and other Related Areas, signed on March 21st, 2016 in Havana, on the occasion of President Obama’s visit.
Both parties agreed on the importance to broaden the cooperation by exchanging experiences and doing joint research between Cuba and US institutions, to be taken to practical terms for the agricultural development.