|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets with Cuban Minister of Food Industry Maria Del Carmen Concepcion Gonzalez yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met with Cuban Minister of Food Industry Maria Del Carmen Concepcion Gonzalez yesterday during her working visit to Viet Nam.
Highlighting Viet Nam and Cuba's traditional friendship, PM Dung said his country would undertake maximum efforts to deepen co-operation. He shared Viet Nam's experience in agricultural development and added that the country was willing to work with Cuba on food production and seafood farming and processing. The leader also hoped the joint project on wet rice cultivation would help the Latin American country guarantee food security.
Concepcion outlined Cuba's wish to intensify its co-operation with Viet Nam, particularly in the fields of food production and aquaculture.
She hoped Viet Nam would continue to provide assistance and share its expertise on the intensive cultivation of wet rice and the cross-breeding of crop varieties.
Previously, Concepcion met with Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat. They agreed to speed up the signing of a veterinary medicine and animal quarantine co-operation agreement during their talks in Ha Noi yesterday.
Viet Nam and Cuba are also expanding several agricultural co-operation programmes, including a rice production project and a master plan for aquaculture in Cuba until 2020.
In accordance with the agreements reached during the 30th and 31st meeting of the Viet Nam-Cuba Inter-Governmental Committee, Viet Nam provided VND42 billion (US$2 million) for the second phase of a project to develop crop varieties in Cuba during the 2014-17 period and VND12 billion (over $571,000) for a project supporting Cuba's aquaculture sector during the 2014-16 period. Both projects were launched in March. In addition, the two sides worked together to draft a coffee co-operation agreement.
Concepcion highly appreciated Viet Nam's support for Cuba's rice production programme and expressed her hope for co-operation when it came to processing.
A joint rice production project in Cuba for the 2009-15 period helped raise Cuba's average rice output from 3.45 to 4.57 tonnes per ha, she noted. — VNS