The development arm of the Catholic Church – CARITAS Monrovia has empowered local farmers in Bomi, GrandCape Mount and Gbapolu counties, respectively with farming tools to help boost their farms.
According to a release, farming tools such as hooks, rain boots, cutlasses, rain coats, shovels, and sharping file, among others, were provided over the weekend to best farmers in the three counties. The beneficiaries are Joseph Gongo, FamataArmah, SiakaGbassay, Amos Johnson, KonahMassaley, Joseph Mark and Joseph Tongoh.
Others include Varney Toweh, ZoluGobah, Victoria Vengbah, Biomah Quaye and CourtisTaweh. Apart from the farming materials, the farmers were also trained in making agriculture production to enhance food security, increase income for farmers and promote environmental protection in Liberia. CARITAS agriculture supervisor Mr. Jeremiah T. Sieh said the awarding
of certificates and farming tools to farmers was his organization’s way of motivating rural farmers and bringing competition in the agriculture sector.
Mr. Sieh called on farmers to always practice the sustainable agriculture knowledge and skills provided by Caritas; assuring them of his organization’s fullest support and cooperation in whatever farming initiative they undertake. He said Caritas was founded as a developmental arm of the Catholic Church in Liberia with a mandate to provide food and non-food items, sustainable agriculture and rural development to people.
Madam WeedorCegbe, agriculture coordinator of Gbopolu district in a keynote address, called on the farmers to remain focused in whatever agriculture activities they are engaged with.
Speaking on the topic, the ‘Dignity of Labor in Farming,’ Madam Cegbe said farming is not a dirty and hard job as it has been perceived by some people in the country, stressing that there is dignity in farming because most of the world’s richest people got their wealth through farming. She encouraged the farmers to always follow the farming plans and concept that is being provided by Caritas for their labor not to be in ain.
“Let me tell you today if you farm and don’t have a concept or plan, your labor will always be in vain,” Madam Cegbe cautioned. The agriculture coordinator of Gbapolu County told the farmers that they were very special and important in society because they produce the food that mankind consume. On behalf of the farmers, Mr. Joseph Gongo thanked Caritas for the training and material support provided to farmers of the three counties; and assured the organization that the training and materials
will be used for the intended purpose.Press Release