By Jefferson D.Tweh
The Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, Ambassador Joseph N.Boakai, has encouraged the Liberian farmers to seriously utilize and manage the seeds they have received from the government of Liberia and its partners so that at the end of the farming year they would be able to make available more food in the country.
Speaking at the official launching of the Economic Stabilization and Rapid Recovery Seed Intervention Program, a post Ebola Initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture for Liberian farmers, in Gbarnga City, Bong County, VP Boakai has called on the Liberian famers to continue with their farming activities because agriculture plays a major role and reduces hunger.
“It is not just bringing the seeds to the famers but make sure that farmers are acknowledgeable and supported,”VP Boakai averred. “I would like to see a report that 45% of inhabitants are benefiting and producing food in the country, but it is not always drawing the people’s attention of the problems, rather, showing appreciation to those who have given you the assistance, and we should know that people will not continue, therefore we should learn from the past experience, the VP stated.
“We cannot continue to look up to people while we are all independent; we should put our house in order and support farmers and export to other countries,”VP Boakai said.
Also speaking at the program, the Superintendent of Bong County, Madam Selena Mappy said that the launch of Economic Stabilization and Rapid Recovery Seed Intervention program is aimed at providing satisfying seeds production.
Madam Mappy disclosed that agriculture is the bedrock of any society and the intervention welcomed the initiative that is most needed, especially for sub-region. She added that the launch will be meaningless without the total involvement of farmers.
“I want to encourage all famers to take advantage of this opportunity and make proper use of seeds provided by some West African countries through West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP),”Madam Mappy admonished.
Meanwhile the Government of Liberia and its partners have brought 40 metric tons of foundation seeds from Togo and 79 metric tons maize from Mali with 231 metric tons certified rice seeds from Guinea.100 cowpea metric tons are expected in Liberia from Nigeria, while 250 certified rice seeds are expected in Liberia from Burkina Faso.
The strong need for intervention in the agricultural sector to prevent drastic decline in the gains made by WAAPP project in strengthening smallholder farmers through various interventions of the World Bank, and donor partners’ response to support agriculture and support the provision of planting seeds and fertilizers to ensure the availability of seeds in the country.