HAVANA, March 20 (Xinhua) -- The 24th Cuba International Agribusiness Fair (FIAGROP 2023) kicked off on Monday in the country's capital Havana with the participation of more than 20 international companies.
Twenty-four firms from countries including Mexico, Italy and Spain are present at the fair, along with 54 local companies, Cuba's state news agency Prensa Latina reported.
"Food production is fundamental to reducing poverty and increasing incomes worldwide," said Ana Teresita Gonzalez Fraga, Cuba's First Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, during the opening ceremony.
"The U.S. blockade continues to be the main obstacle to the development of Cuba," she added.
The fair, showcasing livestock exhibitions, business forums and lectures, comes as the Cuban government continues implementing a package of 63 measures approved in April 2021 to spur national food production.
Ivonne Gonzalez, director of foreign trade at Sur del Jibaro company, told Xinhua that the fair would help Cuba increase exports in the mid-term.
"We are already exporting charcoal, pepper and papaya to Europe," she said. "This event is highly beneficial for Cuban companies to deepen commercial relations with foreign business people."
The fair ends on Sunday.