The Director General at the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) in Suakoko, Bong County, Dr. Marcus Jones has assured residents of the County and its surroundings that much will be done under his stewardship as Director General of the institute.
Speaking recently, Dr. Jones says CARI will shortly begin the implementation of two separate projects in the areas of improving agriculture resilience to salinity.
He says the projects will be done through development and promotion of Pro-Poor technologies and International Fund for Agriculture Development project which seeks to establish national cocoa seed garden and supply of quality seeds to farmers across the country.
Following his recent visit to North Dakota State University, Dr. Jones says his visit there aimed at strengthening mutual objectives geared toward promoting cooperation between Liberia and the United States of America.
“CARI and the Ministry of Agriculture and North Dakota State University will jointly develop and implement activities to improve their capacities to serve their respective constituencies in Liberia and the United States of America,” Dr. Jones says.
He discloses that his visit witnessed the signing of a multilateral linkage among Liberia’s Ministry of Agriculture, CARI and North Dakota State University.
Dr. Jones indicates that Agriculture Minister Dr. MoganaFlomo, Jr. signed for the Government of Liberia, while he (Dr.Jones) signed on behalf of CARI. Dean L. Bresciani, President of North Dakota State University signed on behalf of the University.
Dr. Jones discloses that the linkage focuses on the development and advancement of agriculture between the two countries.
The linkage is developed based upon the institutions’ commonality of interests and their beliefs that linkages among them would strengthen their joint and individual capacities.
Dr. Jones reveals that the objective of the linkage is to develop long-term cooperative in sharing knowledge, collaborative research and education programs, exchange professional development programs for students, staff, faculty, farmers and agri-business and professional cultural exchange through mutual assistance in the areas of education.
According to him, the partnership will also seek funding opportunities for joint activities which provide mutual benefit to each institution’s teaching, research and outreach programs.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong –Edited by Winston W. Parley