Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) and São Tomé and Príncipe will cooperate in agriculture and livestock in areas such as agricultural research, drip irrigation, hydroponics and livestock, said Thursday in Praia the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of São Tomé.
Teodorico Campos, who was speaking after a visit to the Cape Verdean Prime Minister José Maria Neves, said that a protocol for the cooperation would be signed in mid-September, during a visit to his Cape Verdean counterpart, Eva Ortet to São Tomé.
According to the minister, the top priority in cooperation will be using the drip irrigation system, in order to make much better use of water in São Tomé.
“We have take advantage of Cabo Verde’s experience in drip irrigation systems because we waste a lot of water in São Tomé and Príncipe (…) which means that what we lack is management,” he said, cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa.
Other areas where São Tome wants to make use of Cabo Verde’s experience are hydroponics, agricultural and livestock research, in the latter case to reduce the import of chickens and increase egg production in the country.
During his week-long visit to Cabo Verde, Campos went to several islands, visiting businesses and institutions and ended his tour Thursday with a meeting with the President of the Republic, Jorge Carlos Fonseca. (macauhub/CV/ST)