LIBERIA’S AGRICULTURE MINISTER, Dr. Florence Chenoweth, has expressed frustration for the failure of the Government of Liberia to disburse to the Ministry the 10 percent of its budget.
MINISTER CHENOWETH, ADDRESSING a news conference during the weekend explained that the government of Liberia has not supported agriculture and that since the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning made the public pronouncement of allotting US$35million to Agriculture, nothing has been done about it.
THE MINISTER FURTHER explained that the Ministry of Agriculture rents trucks to enable the ministry take messages to farmers and noted that agriculture is an important institution for self-sufficiency and as such it must be supported logistically and financially.
ACCORDING TO MINISTER Chenoweth, the Ministry of Agriculture has put together distribution plans and that the Ministry’s determination is to ensure that effort be made for farmers in the southeastern region of Liberia to have access to agricultural opportunities.
ALSO SPEAKING AT the press conference, WAAPP, WB Regional Team Leader ToureAbdoulaye said he spent few times in Bomi monitoring WAAPP projects and he was so much impressed with those projects. He said West Africa Productivity Program is a regional project that covers 13 ECOWAS countries. He then encouraged the Ministry of Agriculture to continue with its good work and strengthen the capacity of farmers in the country.
INDEED, WE AGREE with the Minister that the agricultural sector is an important source for national development especially for the availability of cash crops and ensuring that the country grows food and eventually become self-sufficient. If Liberia must be a country that can stand steadfast and resolute in making strive in the sector, then the government must do her quota by giving the essentials and indispensible support. Financial support is cardinal and it is the only way major achievements can be realized in the sector.
THE NEED TO have a vibrant agricultural sector cannot be over-emphasized hence the Government of Liberia must extend its financial support if the set agenda must be met for the benefit of the country and its people. With More financial support Liberia can join its neighbors in the sub-region to be the producer of essential food items that are always imported.
IT IS AN indisputable fact that agriculture remains the bedrock to making this country self-sufficient in food production. Besides, a well-designed agro program will also contribute immensely to poverty eradication. This country, with its fertile soil, can achieve more in this sector.
HENCE, THE CONCERNS of the Ministry should be taken seriously for this country to make strive in the agricultural sector.