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Taraba seeks Cuba’s partnership in agric, medicine

26 October 2012, 14:00

Jalingo - Gov. Danbaba Suntai of Taraba on Thursday solicited Cuba’s collaboration in efforts to develop of the agricultural sector of the state’s economy.

He made the request in Jalingo when Amb. Hugu Ramos, the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, visited him.

Suntai particularly expressed his desire to replicate Cuba’s Labio Farms in Taraba, as part of efforts to boost the state's economy.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Suntai recently visited Cuba to explore potential areas of bilateral relationship between Taraba and the country.

"What I saw in Labio Farms overwhelmed me, I will like it to be replicated here in Taraba.

"Labio Farms produce fertiliser, human and animal medicines, among other amazing products," he said.

The governor also called for an agreement that would enable English-speaking Cuban medical doctors to come and work in Taraba, as part his government’s efforts to improve health care delivery.

Ramos told Suntai that he was in the state to discuss potential areas of collaboration that would be of mutual benefit to his country and Taraba.

He noted that more than 50 per cent of Cuba’s population were of African descent, adding that they shared similar culture with Nigerians.

Ramos assured the governor that Cuban doctors would come to assist the state, adding that the embassy would also send the details of the cost of replicating Labio Farms in Taraba to him.

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