HAVANA, Dec 13. The Government of Mexico donated tractors, “inputs” for agriculture, and a nursery to Cuba as part of the project called Sembrando Vida,one of the star initiatives of the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a close ally of Havana.
According to Ana Teresita González, first vice minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment of the Island, the donation is “another gesture of solidarity from the Government of Mexico”, for which she thanked López Obrador “for his permanent support and sincere brotherhood”.
Sowing Life in Cuba is promoted by the Mexican Foreign Ministry through the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID).
On its social networks, the state entity reported that its director, Gloria Sandoval, in the company of the Mexican ambassador to Cuba, Miguel Díaz Reynoso, visited “the Artemisa and Mayabeque municipalities with the aim of following up on the project.”
“This project seeks to increase and diversify agricultural production, as well as strengthen the food self-sufficiency of the Cuban population. Within this framework, our executive director visited the production units and the inauguration of two nurseries for the production of fruit and timber trees,” the note concluded.
None of the sources indicated the specific volume or cost of the donation.
In June 2023, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that this initiative was beginning in Cuba “as part of the commitments of the Government of Mexico to promote development in Central America and the Caribbean.” In Cuba, it would benefit 5,000 farmers, according to the entity.
“Sembrando Vida Cuba seeks to increase agricultural production through in-kind support such as plants, seeds, tools, machinery and personalized technical support, and thereby strengthen food sovereignty and improve the quality of life of the population,” the note indicated.
AMEXCID has already been part of López Obrador’s financing mechanisms for the Cuban regime.
In 2020, after the arrival in Mexico of the first of hundreds of doctors exported to that country by Havana during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assured that the arrival was framed within “a broad agenda of international cooperation headed by the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID)”.