Sao Tome and Principe wants the support of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) for agriculture and livestock in areas such as irrigation, production in greenhouses, research and production of meat, said Friday in Praia, Sao Tome minister Teodorico Campos.
At the beginning of a one-week visit to Cabo Verde, the Minister recalled that Sao Tome and Principe and Cabo Verde are two countries of volcanic origin, with agriculture a mainstay of their economies, although Cabo Verde “is much more developed than Sao Tome.”
“Cabo Verde has great experience in irrigation, particularly drip irrigation, which we intend to introduce in Sao Tome and Principe, as well as greenhouse production, another area in which Cabo Verde already has some experience,” said the Sao Tome minister.
Regarding livestock, the Sao Tome minister said that his country had a large pig production industry, but production of other species was less developed, such as chicken, which is almost 100 percent imported for consumption.
“Our government can already produce some animal feed using raw materials and is seeking possible support to decrease the import of poultry meat,” he said.
In turn, the Minister of Rural Development of Cabo Verde, Eva Ortet, said after her Sao Tome counterpart visited Cabo Verde to see areas of interest, the two countries would sign a cooperation protocol. (macauhub/CV/ST)