Namibia could learn from Cuba about agriculture: Shaanika

23 Dec 2017 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 23 DEC (NAMPA) – There are many useful lessons that Namibia can draw from Cuba in the agricultural sector, Namibia’s Ambassador to Cuba Jerobeam Shaanika has said.
In a recent interview with Nampa, Shaanika said despite the difference in the two countries’ climates, Namibia can learn from Cuba.
“Our conditions may differ, but we can always draw lessons from Cuba’s success and try to reciprocate with what we are best at, which is animal husbandry,” he stated.
The ambassador said the two governments can easily enter into an agreement through which they can exchange products.
“Cuba’s fruit production is a success, whereas Namibia’s beef, fish and beer production is also sufficient, the two countries can easily exchange these goods and help fill these gaps in the respective countries,” Shaanika said.
He added that some of Namibia’s products received great reviews during the Havana International Trade Fair and more could be added to the list.
Even though the ambassador commended the two countries’ current relations, he emphasised the need for it to be solidified through stronger trade relations.
Shaanika expressed some concern about the embargo, but said this should not discourage Namibia’s interest in possible trade.
The United States imposed a commercial, economic, and financial embargo on Cuba in 1960.
It consists of economic sanctions against the country and restrictions on Cuban travel and commerce for all people and companies under US jurisdiction.