The Chief Executive Officer of Agri Power Africa, an international non-governmental organization Dr. Aroms Emmanuel Aigbehi, discloses plans by his organization to transform Liberia’s agricultural sector. He says Agri Power Africa will also transform Liberia by creating wealth through apiculture and mobilizing smallholders to go beyond subsistence farming and make Liberia self-sufficient in agricultural production.
Speaking Monday, 17 September in Gbanrga, Bong County in Central Liberia during official launch of Agri Power Africa, Dr. Aigbehi notes the project will seek to increase production of value chains for export through the establishment of large farm settlement of at least 5,000 hectares in major food producing counties here.
He says his organization will work with the Government of Liberia, private sector, community colleges, technical and agriculture schools, and other partners in Africa, Europe, Asia, and America to attract funding, technical expertise, equipment input, and other resources.
“These anchor farms will bring mechanized game changing agriculture technologies closer to the people and Agri Power Africa farmer will have small farms around the major farms and will be provided with the needed resources, including training equipment, technical inputs and financing to enable them increase production of food to supply the market”, Dr. Aigbehi adds.
The APA Chief Executive Officer indicates that this strategy is expected to eventually help Liberia to reduce its dependency on food importation.According to him, Agric Power Africa will support smallholder farmers to increase their yield and agribusiness farming value addition to attract export market in rice, cassava, vegetables apiculture and livestock value chains.
He informs guests at the launch that his firm will target seven counties in Liberia including Montserrado, Nimba, Margibi, Bong, Grand Bassa, Lofa and Bomi Counties within the next five years.He says the program will be piloted in Fumah District and Bong Mines in Bong County and later expanded to the rest of the targeted counties. –Editing by Jonathan Browne