Suriname and Brazil signed three major agricultural co-operation agreements this week. The details in the agreements were prepared during the April three-day visit of the Brazilian organizations ABC / IPEA and Embrapa.The signing ceremony took place on Saturday May 5th.
The agrement signals a wide reaching plan of cooperation between Brazil and Suriname to significantly develop Suriname's agriculture. Brazilian Foreign Minister, Antonio Patriota Aquiar, had talks with Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Lackin while he was attending the Caricom foreign ministers meeting which was held this week in Paramaibo.
In a press conference following the signing the two ministers explained how important the co-operation in this area was. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had a working discussion with Patriota. Also present were the President of the Central Bank of Suriname, the Directors of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Trade and Industry, Social Affairs and Housing and the Director of the Planning Office of Suriname. The items discussed focused on the deepening bilateral cooperation in the fields of agriculture, food security, social services, energy, migration, Surinamese products on the Brazilian market, defense and diplomatic training.
In the press conference Minister Lackin commented that the Brazilian agreements would greatly aid in the modernization of Suriname's agricultural sector. Brazil will be making available to Suriname its extensive agricultural experience. An analysis of the best crops to be grown in various locations will first be made before appropriate technical assisstance will be given. The minister thinks that a scientific approach to farming will attract more young people to agriculture.