President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s Senior Aide-De-Camp, Major General Jeremiah T. Hinneh on Wednesday, December 2, began harvesting two acres of rice farm in the town of Johnsonville in Montserrado County.
A statement issued in Monrovia on Wednesday said the rice farm boosts President Sirleaf’s “back to the farm campaign” launched here by the government.
During a chat with the media on his farm yesterday, General Hinneh called on government officials to promote the ‘back to the farm’ campaign, especially when they have the opportunity to do so in the face of the present economic constrain.
The Presidential Aide-De-Camp indicated that Liberia has vast land areas not adequately utilized, cautioning all Liberians against investment in the soil.
General Hinneh also admonished Liberians to help the government promote the agriculture sector, saying it has been difficult to reach this far.
Despite the challenges faced along the way, he said, he invested his salary to cultivate the two acres of farm land as a means of promoting the ‘back to the soil’ campaign.
He noted that the farm harvested was just one of his investments, adding that he had other farms in his home county – Maryland in the southeast of Liberia.
Mr. Hinneh said the project in Johnsonville was intended to prove to other public officials in Monrovia that they, too, could make farms anywhere in the country.
Gen. Hinneh said his farm will be transformed to vegetable farm, as well as fisheries, among others, saying the products from the farm will be used for the next farming season, while the rest would cater to orphanages, as his way of helping to buttress government’s efforts.
The head of the farm, Madam Lawretha Johnson, said she was proud to identify with the Aide-De –Camp effort, admonishing other potential Liberians to help themselves and not only depend on the government for everything.