The Director General for Operations and Technical Services at the Liberia Agriculture Commodity Regulatory Authority (LACRA), Musa Konnah says the entity is ready to resume operations across the 15 counties under President George MannehWeah’s regime.
In a brief chart with journalists during the weekend in Gbarnga on 23 February, Mr. Konneh says LACRA is contemplating on the renovation of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) facilities of Bong County to boost the agriculture system.
He says the project will be taken across the 15 counties under the regime of President Weah.
The LACRA official states that the institution will resume full operation in vegetable, fish farming and palm harvesting in Bong County.
“Working on these [modalities] to establish vegetables garden or farm for the production of sufficient vegetables in Bong County will help Liberia in boosting agriculture activity in the country,” Mr. Konnah adds.
According to Mr. Konneh, the 580 acres of land owned by LACRA in Bong County will be used for the targeted project.
He explains that other land spaces in Bong County will also be used for fish pond project and rice farming.
Mr. Konnah reveals that all is now set for the commencement of the initiative.
Meanwhile Mr. Konnah says they are seeking the collaborative efforts of several agriculture groups in Bong County for the speedy implementation of LACRA’s activities in the County.
The efforts of commercialization of agriculture in Liberia have been constrained by lack of organization capacity of the producers, inadequate access to productive assets and modern technology and market access issues.
The inputs market is not well organized, and farmers lack the capacity and information to respond appropriately.
The access of these farmers to assets and credit is limited, and therefore constrains their ability to expand production, increase yield or engage in partnership with major players within value.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong –Edited by Winston W. Parley