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The Fair Labor Farmer Union in District #2 Zuezohn Clan, Grand BassaCounty is urging the Government of Liberia and Internationalpartners to assist them as they struggle over the cultivation of asixty-acre farmland for rice.

Famers appeal

According to the organization, its members have already generatedL$200, 000 through the help of commuty dwellers and others in the area. The union said it is also indebted to the tone of L$85,000.00 fromclubs and individuals in the community.

The Union – consisting 72 farmers, expressed the hope that the Government of Liberia will assist in rehabilitating their roads tofacilitate the movement of their products from the farms to themarket. According toMr. Moses Diggs, Secretary General of the Union, theUnion has received assistance for a year, but none a presence, sayingthey walk two hours to and from their farms to get to the marketdaily. He said therehabilitation of the bridge leading from their farms to the market willbe very helpful intransporting their goods to the market through vehicles and motor-bikes.

“We need people to come to our aid and help us with workingmaterials because we have old cutlasses that we are using, and for thekind of work we do, we need real machines to help us work faster – 72 persons cannot work on sixty acres of land withoutmachines,” Mr. Diggs said.

The head of the Fair Labor Farmers Union, Mr. AlexanderGoaye, said members of the union were already anticipating plantingcacao, palm, as well as engage in animal husbandry, but neededstorage facilitates forrice harvested and tools and othermaterials.

He said October starts a new farmingseason in the absence of assistance, saying if empowered, they wouldproduce more food for the Liberian market.

By Ethel A. Tweh-Edited by George Barpeen

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