Deputy Director General of FAO Ratifies Commitment with Cuba

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Havana, May 9 (Prensa Latina) The Deputy Director General of the Organization of Nations for Agriculture and Food (FAO), Julio A. Berdegué, expressed today the commitment of that organization with Cuba, in a visit to the Apiculture Research Center (CIAPI).

Berdegué, also the regional representative of FAO for Latin America and the Caribbean, received some extensive information from the director of the CIAPI, Adolfo Pérez, on the activity of that institution, currently focused on three priority projects.

These are related to the selection and improvement of bees, the assessment of the honey potential of the country and the production of honey derivatives.

Pérez also referred to a cooperation project carried out with the support of that organization, aimed at strengthening the production of honey, which includes training of specialists in analytical techniques, acquisition of equipment, among these the ones linked to the detention of antibiotics residues.

Berdegué, accompanied by the representative of the FAO in Cuba, Marcelo Resende, also met other collaborative projects of this organization with this island, about the Support for the development of silvopastoral systems, and the sustainable Insensitivity of the production of biofortified and adapted basic grains to climate change.

He stressed that he has been able to appreciate through the conferences how science in Cuba is closely linked to production and aimed at solving real problems.

He reiterated the organization’s commitment to this country to continue collaborating on topics such as food production, environmental issues linked to agriculture, and South-South cooperation.

He also suggested that the representation of the FAO on this island should take into account in the cooperation projects the high scientific-technological component existing in this country.

Berdegué, being a Mexican national and who participates as a guest at the 37th Regular Session of ECLAC, which is in this capital, has a doctorate in social sciences from the University of Wageningen, Holland, and a master’s degree in agronomy from the University of California-Davis, United States.

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