Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor says Government remains committed to investing in the country’s agriculture sector with the Ministry of Agriculture leading the way.
Madam Howard-Taylor made the commitment Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Gbarnga Administrative Building in Bong County when she served as Chief Launcher of the Agric Power Africa-Liberia Project (APAL)
VP Howard-Taylor, while appreciating APAL for choosing Liberia as the next destination after Nigeria, pledged the Government’s fullest support to the project.
She noted that various co-investment funded programs and the launching of the Agric Power Africa-Liberia Project fully re-echoes government’s repeated reminders to stakeholders that investment in agriculture should not be considered an exclusive preserve for the Government.
She recalled the huge role private investment is playing in moving nations to self-sufficiency in food production and wants Liberians to take full ownership of the sector.The Liberian Vice President said it is no doubt that the activities of Agric Power Africa in Liberia are key to creating awareness of the critical need for the private sector to be involved in the provision of vital inputs like fertilizer, seeds and other agricultural supplies to farmers.
According to her, strengthening the provision of private sector services to farmers for fertilizers, seeds and other inputs is critical to the transformation of the sector.She expresses the hope that Agric Power Africa will ensure that such supply goes hand in hand with teaching the farmers the proper use of these inputs.
The Vice President said it was time for Liberia to reduce dependence on the importation of major commodities, noting that the coming of Agric Power Africa might be that opportunity needed to change the story around.
She encouraged the farmers of Bong County and Liberia at large to take advantage of the opportunity to transform their lives.
By: Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong County-Edited by Othello B. Garblah