The Country Director of Aim Global Agribusiness Company reiterates its committed to strengthening farming programs in Liberia. AGAC Country Director Matthew Ndote says his company is operating in six counties, including Montserrdo, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Nimba, Margibi and Lofa, respectively.
He discloses the firm has established a reliable channel for distribution of high quality agricultural inputs such as seeds, tools, agrochemicals and fertilizers. “Aim Global is also engaged with transfer of modern farming technologies and training like the use of paddle pumps and drip kits for irrigation of crops during the dry season, green house technology and hydroponics to enhance farmer’s capacity”, he explains.
Speaking at a one day Food Fair in Gardnersville, outside Monrovia organized by Afro-medical Community Health and Welfare Services, he says the company is also prepared to extend its activities to other parts of the country once required resources are available. According to him, AGAC provides agricultural training, advisory and consultancy for farming site assessment and management skills.
The Aim Global boss indicates that his company also plays an important role in linking farmers to buyers such as supermarkets and aggregators who buy produce right at the farm gate at guaranteed price. He asserts that most of the crops imported can actually be grown in Liberia, though farmers lack skills to produce them.
Aim Global has successfully trained local farmers on how to produce high value crops such as tomatoes and onions, and is in the process of conducting trials for other crops including carrots, Irish potatoes and many more in order to undercut the volumes of goods imported and create viable farm business for local farmers.
Mr. Ndote says for areas where soil is not suitable for farming, the company has helped Liberian farmers to grow crops in water, using hydroponic technology. Meanwhile, beneficiaries of the company are commending Aim Global for training them in new farming techniques. They note that the technical training will go a long way in enhancing the development of farming in Liberia.
Aim Global Country Director, Mr. Matthew Ndote -Editing by Jonathan Browne