The construction work on an over USD250, 000 modern rice mailing and production plant in Gbatala, Bong County, is now about 98% completed.
The project is under the direction of the Liberian-American-based international charity group, Friends of Liberia-Food and Water.
Friends of Liberia Food and Water mission which started in 2016 is a non-governmental, and non-profitable charity group rendering free humanitarian services, through the provision of food and clean drinking water to tens of thousands of less fortunate and destitute Liberians who have not yet received these basic accesses in their villages and towns throughout the country.
Speaking to newsmen over the weekend in Gbatala, the Liberian Consultant, Dr. Mulbah Quaqua said, the project will begin mailing testing for rice production within the next two weeks.
Dr. Quaqua said the dedication of the modern rice mailing factory in Bong will within the next 5-years help move Liberia away from subsistence farming to full commercial farming.
This, he explained will be due in part to the increase in the number of farmers, which would also increase open market outlets for rice production to strengthen farmers’ financial capacity, thereby, lifting them out of poverty. He said the revenues of government will also increase.
Also speaking via mobile phone from the United States, American Philanthropist, Mr. George said, he was excited to know that a dream to provide food and clean water to thousands of Liberians, through a rice factory will soon be a reality.
Mr. George, affectionately known by beneficiaries of his humanitarian services as Mr. Goodwater said, seeing the first rice production in Liberia will make him ever more excited after Friends of Liberia Food and Water buy their rice and farmers can now use the money to build schools and ensure better health care delivery in their towns and villages around Liberia.
When asked who are the brains behind his dream, the American goodwill ambassador extended thanks to another American, Jungle James, the owner of an International Food Market for his financial assistance.
Mr. George named his son, Chris as the brain behind the building of the modern website for the organization and for also serving as the webmaster. Mr. Goodwater said, the success of Friends of Liberia Food and Water wouldn’t have been possible without the commitment of his wife Mryna, who continues to serve as the Bookkeeper for all financial records and transactions of the organization.
The Chief Executive Officer, CEO of Friends of Liberia Food and Water, the Methodist Clergyman, Reverend Oliver Adams, after the inspection of the project could only lavish praises on Mr. George and his family, Chris and Mryna as well as Mr. Jingle James for their moral and financial assistance at all levels leading to the completion of the production project.