By Jefferson D. Tweh From Grand Cape Mount County
The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Florence Chenoweth, has disclosed that in 2010 the Ministry of Agriculture was sick and tired of rotten eggs on the Liberian market, something she described as disgusting.
Speaking at the launching ceremony of the Commission of Hatchery and Revitalization of the Poultry on Obasanjo Farms Liberia INC.in Grand Cape Mount County over the weekend, Minister Chenoweth said based on the rotten eggs issue on the Liberian market, the Ministry of Agriculture has decided to change and replace them with fresh eggs and poultry meat products. She stated further that it will be a great battle to fight in the country.
Minister Chenoweth added that she has the strong conviction that the Ministry of Agriculture will surely win such battle.
According to Minister Chenoweth, recently one of the supermarkets had ordered five containers of eggs from France before the announcement of tarry by government of Liberia and those individuals who were taking eggs from that supermarket, later refused to carry them because government of Liberia has imposed tarry on the importation of eggs.
Meanwhile, Minister Chenoweth has lauded the Management of Obasanjo Poultry Farms Liberia INC. for the progress made thus far by making a great stride in the poultry industry which she believes will make significant impact in the country.
The General Manager of Obasanjo Poultry Farms Liberia Inc., Mr. Adeyemo G. Jamiyu, disclosed that the mandate of Obasanjo Farms Liberia Incorporated emanated from a joint meeting between President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to promote and support the revival of poultry industry in Liberia.
Mr. Jamiyu explained that the significance of the poultry farm is not only limited to the provision of direct employment for Liberians, but stimulates self-employment, especially in poultry sector; rearing of broilers and layers; marketing of poultry products(eggs and frozen chickens)and marketing of feed raw materials such as maize grains, soya bean meal, oyster shells, and bone meat.
“The essence of today’s gathering is to commission Obasanjo Farms’ 95,050 capacity hatchery and the weekly average of egg capacity of hatchery 31,680 and we are expecting 22,000-24,000 broiler chicks per week or at least 10,000 pullets and layer chicks depending on the demand,” Mr. Jamiyu told critics.