BRAC–Liberia Empowers Livestock Farmers

An international agriculture and livestock advisor has pledged more support to over 25 farmers in five of Liberia’s fifteen sub-political divisions who are engaged in livestock farming.

The 25 farmers who were drawn mainly from Nimba, Lofa, Bong, Grand Gedeh, Margibi, Grand Bassa and Montserrado Counties were among the first batch of farmers to benefit from BRAC-Liberia Livestock Agriculture training project.

Speaking at the one day training program for farmers in Kakata, Margibi County, BRAC-Liberia International Agriculture and Livestock Advisor for Liberia, Md A. Saleque said the training is to build the capacity of livestock farmers in the country.

Mr. Saleque said farmers under BRAC-Liberia Livestock Agriculture Project will be educated on new production techniques, collective marketing, increased food security and livelihood, among others and the Project will enable farmers in the country to shift away from substance livestock farming centering on household to large scale production for the local market.

Mr. Saleque pointed out that one of the reasons for substance livestock farming was that farmers do not have access to the market which is a major challenge faced by farmers across Liberia and also revealed that Liberians are lagging behind in the consumption of eggs and meats as compared with other countries around the world.

BRAC – Liberia Agriculture and Livestock Advisor said instead of a Liberian consuming one hundred and four eggs annually only 24 eggs are consumed, while 13.5 kilograms of meat yearly which should have been 42 kilograms.

Mr. Saleque further disclosed that BRAC-Liberia Livestock Agriculture Project is targeting over 65-thousand Liberians and as such it was crucial that farmers in the country engage in life stocks by attaining proper training and that the organization will work in collaboration with the Agriculture Ministry and various farming cooperatives to ensure the implementation of the Project in Liberia.

Mr. Saleque said the basis of the project is in line with the Government of Liberia’s national priority goal to alleviate poverty amongst Liberians and improve food security which BRAC-Liberia believes will be successful under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

The Deputy Agriculture Minister for Administration, Seklua Wiles said she was happy to witness the commencement of a project under her supervision and lauded BRAC-Liberia for the initiative and said it will assist in attaining food security in Liberia and pledged the Ministry’s unwavering support to collaborate with BRAC-Liberia to successfully complete its livestock program in Liberia to better improve the livelihood of farmers.

BRAC is a development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their own lives and the organization has been operating in Liberia since 2010 to date and is providing assistance in the country’s agricultural sector.