Liberia’s Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has been encouraged to invest more resources in the development of the sector to increase food production. Making the call on Wednesday, 15 November in Todee District, Montserrado County, the director of Micro Agro Group, Mr. Robert B. C. Koyamah, Sr. says the Ministry of Agriculture must develop and design programs that would assist low- income farmers in increasing production.
He notes that local farmers in the district lack financial capacity to expand, suggesting that government should intervene to make it work.The local agricultural expert explains that farmers operating in the district are finding it difficult, if not impossible, to invest in large scale production because they also lack necessary tools or advance mythology to effectively increase output.
According to him, Liberia cannot become self-sufficient in food production when those engaged in the sector are not being empowered with improved skills or assistance packages to help them move toward modern and changing methods.
He promises to work with local agriculture stakeholders in the area to attract international partners to meaningfully invest in the sector by providing tools, equipment, and other relevant material badly needed to improve its activities.
Speaking on behalf of fellow farmers, Mr. Gabriel T. H. Tokolo, Sr. who claims to have been in the agricultural business for over 11 years in the district, frowned on government’s inability to effectively assist people engaged in small-scale farming to improve productions.
By Emmanuel Mondaye