Margibi County District 2 Representative Ballah Zayzay has launched the construction of a modern fish pond project estimated at $65,000.00 USD in his constituent in Lower Margibi County.
Touring the farm with Assistant Agriculture Minister for Extension, Paul Jallah last Friday, the Margibi County Lawmaker said the project was not only intended to produce fish but rather to create an employment opportunity for youths and other jobless people in Margibi County.
Representative Zayzay said he wants to produce more local breed of fish after the completion of the fish pond construction project and at the same time become supplier on the Liberian market and neighboring countries.
The construction works being supervised by a young agriculture expert Massaboi Kutu-Akoi in Margibi County has already provided jobs to over thirty youths from Margibi and other counties.
Honorable Ballah Zayzay who is also engaged in a huge rubber farming in the area told the visiting team that he was an original Liberian farmer by career and will remain as a farmer no matter where he excels in life.
The Margibi Representative told the visiting team that every well meaning Liberian especially those in government should play a role in the Agricultural sector by engaging in the production of any agricultural products that are useful in Liberia or neighboring countries.
Honorable Zayzay said agriculture is a significant means through which Liberians can improve their economy, reduce hunger and cut down unemployment.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture for Extension, Paul Jallah who led a team from the Ministry on the tour of Mr. Zayzay’s farm lauded the Margibi Representative and promised that the Ministry would offer its technical advice in improving the fish pond project.
Minister Jallah encouraged Representative Ballah Zayzay to begin considering the possibility of getting involved in the cultivation of rice since he has huge and rich farm land that is unique for said purpose.
Minister Jallah who purposely visited a self-help peanut farm belonging to some rural women under the banner of Zay-Vay-Li-Kee-zu Women, meaning women joining hands in Lorma told the women to properly structure themselves into a cooperative so that they can be recognized by relevant local, national and other development partners working for women empowerment in the country.
Mr. Paul Jallah expressed satisfaction over the women’s self-help peanuts farm project and commended Honorable Zayzay whom the women said provided land, seedlings and initial money which they used to kick off the project.
Mr.Jallah who also toured a portion of Honorable Ballah Zayzay’s huge rubber plantation thanked Mr. Zayzay for the job opportunity he has provided for thousands of Liberians to enable them cater to their respective families.
Mr. Jallah said the undertaking by the Margibi Representative was a positive example of a good leader that others need to emulate if the country is to succeed in drastically reducing the unemployment rate among Liberians.
Other Agriculture Technicians from Margibi County who equally formed part of farm visitation team last Friday said, Zayzay’s fish pond project when completed will become one of the first of its kind in recent years, which they say is helping to change the financial status of several jobless youths in the county.
Meanwhile, the Margibi County District 2 Representative Ballah Zayzay has underscored the need for government to encourage local farmers in the country under the country’s back to the soil farming campaign exercise since agriculture is a speedy way of improving Liberia’s economy with the participation of ordinary citizens.
Mr. Zayzay is recommending that Agriculture experts keep more time in the field to assist farmers with the technical expertise so that farming can take and new and modern trend in a country that is blessed with rich and fertile soil for cultivation.