The head of the Liberia Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (LACRA) Mr. John Flomo says the institution is experiencing shortage in resources.
But he told a talk show in Monrovia Monday, 3 September that LACRA is now working with stakeholders in the various NGOs and Government in ensuring that they are strengthened.
According to Mr. Flomo, LACRA does not have vehicles to go out in the rural parts of Liberia. He says they are now trying to activate their old farms, adding that LACRA is also working with local farmers to encourage them to continue to increase their farm sizes.
According to Mr. Flomo, the entity is also working with international partners to promote Liberian farmers.
But he observes that they don’t have regulations for some of the agriculture products. For the past one month, he says LACRA has been working with different partners within the same sector, especially the cocoa sector to enable them to revisit their cocoa regulations.
MR. Flomo indicates that they are now working with the Ministry of Commerce to make sure that the rice that comes into the country is regulated.
“The quality of rice that is consumed by our citizens need to be of high quality and they need to be regulated by us,” he says.
The LACRA Boss adds that they have a cocoa farm in Grand Bassa County which is being supervised by farmers.
“We are working on a gradual scale, if you don’t have money, you can’t do a lot of things. All of our farms need to be reclaimed and reactivated,” he continues.
“A nation that doesn’t feed itself is at risk of getting into food crisis.If you cannot feed yourself, you are slave to the one that feeds you,” says Mr. Flomo.
He states that for the fact the as a nation Liberians cannot feed themselves, and 90% of everything they eat is imported, it is a risk to national security.
By Ethel A. Tweh–Edited by Winston W. Parley