Caracas, Venezuela: With the aim of promoting agricultural development, protect natural resources, incorporate the most excluded socio recording equipment and improve the nation’s crop seeds, Venezuela and Brazil signed five memoranda of understanding (MoU) in agriculture.
These cooperation agreements were signed during the X Quarterly Meeting between Venezuela and Brazil. It aims to strengthen strategic alliances in both countries. The first memorandum aims to develop actions to create a National Remote Sensing Centre for agricultural purposes, which will facilitate the diagnosis of soil and thus maximising the potential of the areas. To do this, there will be a pilot set in various areas of land suitable for cultivation and irrigation systems in Venezuela.
The second agreement provides for the implementation of a National Seed Production of high strategic value, allowing a sustained increase in yields and the total supply of these inputs at the national level. In that sense, it provides for the transfer in the production and packaging of certified quality seeds of maize, beans, sorghum, soybeans, cotton and fodder. Also draw up a plan for seed multiplication of categories registered and certified in the field of development projects of the Bureau of Guanipa, San Jose de los Tiznados, Plain Axis Lake Maracaibo and the Rio Paguey-Santo Domingo.
Additionally, Venezuela and Brazil will create a Motor Development District in southern Bolivar state, which will allow the rational use of natural resources in the region in order to generate a dynamic agricultural and social development. This project will involve indigenous communities rooted in that territory on the basis of the principles of equality, mutual respect for sovereignty and reciprocity of advantages.
The fourth memorandum attempts to activate a plan for the eradication of FMD in order to refine and implement strategies that can accelerate the process of eradication and control of this disease in both nations.
Finally, the fifth agreement provides for the construction of four Florentine Productive Technical Centers in the states of Bolivar, Delta Amacuro, Anzoategui and Monagas. These new centres intend to repeat the experience of the technical centre Florentino Socialist Production, located in the state of Barinas.
In that area, Brazil and Venezuela to develop projects in the areas of genetics, nutrition and animal health. The head of Venezuela seal these agreements was the Minister of Popular Power for Agriculture and Land (MAT), Juan Carlos Loyo, while Brazil signed by Foreign Minister Celso Amorim.