The Japanese Government has again donated another huge consignment of rice to the Government of Liberia (GOL) to assist in the empowerment of local farmers.
The Minister of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Axel Addy, disclosed this recently at the offloading of the 8,000 metric tons of rice donated by Japan to Liberia at the Freeport of Monrovia.
Min. Addy expressed gratitude for receiving another food aid from the Japanese Government because the donation is not the first as other donations have led to the construction of bridges, warehouses, amongst others.
He said the rice donated will be sold and proceeds will be used to undertake development projects in the country. “I, Minister Addy will be the first to purchase the rice for my home and I am appealing to all consumers to purchase the rice to assist in empowering local farmers in the country, ”Minister Addy boastfully admonished.
Min. Addy stated that if consumers purchase the rice it will help in the construction of some other bridges in the country in line with the agreement between both countries.
For his part, Representative Charles Bardyl, Chairman on Commerce & Industry, lauded the Japanese Government for its usual supports to the Liberian Government and encouraged the Ministry of Commerce to use the proceeds for the intended purpose.
Rep. Bardyl said the Japanese rice donation is welcomed and accepted by the Liberian people and the proceeds will be used to assist local farmer produce theirs.
Also making remark at the program, the Deputy Agriculture Minister for Planning and Development, Dr. Charles McClain, said the proceeds will be used in three ways to provide seed rice to farmers, provide bags and give technical assistance to farmers.
Min. McClain concluded that if farmers in the country are empowered it will encourage them to do more production of rice to minimize the high importation of rice as other farmers would also like to go back to the soil.