A local Liberian Non-Governmental Organization called Community of Hope and Agriculture Project (CHAP) has formally launched a project in Ganta, Nimba County, targeting 5,000 farmers in eight of the 15 counties here.
Giving an overview of the project during the launching ceremony in Gompa City, Nimba County over the weekend, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CHAP, Robert S. M. Bimba encouraged farmers to invest their own money if they must succeed.
According to a press release, through the project, farmers are expected to benefit from the organization’s Rice Investment Scheme for Empowerment (RISE).
A release issued by the Liberian Network says the RISE Project is about business and targets farmers who are willing to invest in their farms.
Machines will be distributed to communities to brush their farms, according to the release.
The objective of the project is to build sustainable climate smart agriculture farming practices, to introduce user – friendly rental services, and increase farmers’ income.
According to CHAP, this will reduce the importation of rice and increase the consumption of locally grown rice and ensure that there is supply.
The group’s CEO Mr. Bimba says CHAP will provide 10 kilograms of seed rice to farmers who meet the requirements for one hectare and they must be willing to use an improved method and innovation.
“We will provide farmers advisory service (FAS) to provide service to their own fellow farmers. We will be building the capacity of the smallholder farmers and members of the work value chain,” Mr.Bimba says.
“We will be purchasing rice from you for an agreed price, we will be providing small machines rental service, we will register our farmers,” he says, and continues that farmers will be given ID cards.–Press release