The House of Representatives is expected to increase the 2018-2019 fiscal budget for the Ministry of Agriculture. The plan is announced after a communication came from Nimba County District #2 Rep. Prince Tokpah and chairman on Agriculture.
Rep. Tokpah wrote the House of Representatives calling on the full plenary to increase Agriculture Ministry’s budget. According to him, he worked to get an understanding from the Minister of Agriculture and heads of agriculture – related entities about their strategies and how they intend to implement those ideas to suit the national agenda of the government.
Rep. Tokpah says during a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, it was established that the Ministry is negotiating with partners to redirect most of the past approaches to support modernized farming intended to make the country self – sufficient in food production, especially Liberians’ staple food, rice.
He notes that the Agriculture Minister has promised to establish laboratory to teach Liberians and to also convince the outside world that Liberian farmers have those certified food for the world market.
He is however pleading with the joint committee at the Legislature to allot additional five million dollars to the Ministry of Agriculture draft budget for the fiscal period 2018-2019. Meanwhile the House has sent the communication to the Ways, Means and Public Accounts for actions.
By Bridgett Milton– Edited by Winston W. Parley