By Jefferson D.Tweh
Former National Executive Director of the National Elections Commission, Mr. John K. Langley, has proudly demonstrated his commitment to providing Liberians with their staple food ‘rice’ in the country and to also help contribute meaningfully to the food security issue that is looming high.
Mr. Langley has two cultivated farms; one of which is in District #3, Margibi County and it is about 100 acres of land and the other farm in Todee District Montserrado County is on 75 acres of land.
According to Mr. Langley, each of the farm will take two weeks to harvest and after the harvest, he hopes to get about 15 thousand bags of rice.
Mr. Langley disclosed that he started farming activities in 2009 while working with the National Elections Commission. He said it was in the same year that he produced quantity and quality of rice and cassava.
“In 2009 I cultivated 128 acres of land and planted rice and cassava; and in 2009 /2010 Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Madam Lorpu Kandakai and the Chinese Ambassador visited my farm in Todee District, Montserrado County and they were overwhelmed with the production. That year government donated rice mill machine to me as a sign of motivation to continue with my farming activities,” Mr. Langley explained.a sign of motivation to continue with my farming activities,” Mr. Langley explained.
Mr. Langley said in farming sector people encounter many challenges such as resources, labor intensity, and maintenance of the farm and there is a need that resources be allocated to empower the local farmers to enable them produce more food because food is life; whether a person is poor or rich there must be food to sustain the person.
Mr. Langley lamented that the act of people purchasing or taking land from locals, indigenous villagers is very troublesome and as a result, those people transform the farmlands into rubber plantations and if nothing is done to stop those people, there would be no land for the farmers to cultivate. Mr. Langley averred that his main purpose of investing in the agriculture sector is to produce rice, cassava, yam, and other crops in the country. He also expressed interest in poultry farming.
Meanwhile Mr. Langley has called on Liberians to invest in the agriculture sector to help reduce the food security situation in the country.