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The Liberian Government seems prepared to continue defending the rapid increase in basic commodity prices on the local market, and is proud to brag publicly that international donors preferred it to past leaderships as demonstrated by the numerous donations it continues to receive since it took power in January 2006.

Addressing a news conference Thursday in Monrovia at the Information Ministry, Acting Minister Norris Tweh underscored the need for Liberians to grow more food to avert an imminent food crisis in the wake of persistent price increase on the world market.

Similar call for more food production had been made by citizens in the past five years, but it appears that little has been done in terms of government’s effort to buttress such call, especially rice and other locally consumed commodities to minimize the huge importation of food.

The government said it is producing 39 percent of the total rice here, but rice importation will continue because consumers preferred various grades of rice, including butter rice and pussawa, among others. Critics have blamed the government, including lawmakers on the current hike in rice price, which affects low income earners.

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