Brazilian technology penetrates Cuban agriculture

HAVANA TIMES — Another collaborative technology project is underway since early this year between the Cuban government with the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, to “promote the production of agricultural products of higher quality.”

The current visit to the island by a delegation from Brazil is part of the second phase of the project, which focuses its interest in the production of rice and milk, as well as other agro-industrial processes in Cuba.

This Friday, the parties will sign a cooperation agreement, including the transfer of technologies on issues of germplasm, breeding and seed, as well as agricultural management, and production practices, including the post-harvest and storage of grains.

Brazil, along with Argentina, are the two Latin American countries that have extended the production and export of genetically modified foods, especially soy and corn, items that Cuba has begun to develop in coordination with the South American giant.

Information published by Granma newspaper also announced that it expects the president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, to be on hand to open the first section of the mega Port of Mariel this coming year.