Several farming groups in Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties have benefited over US$500,000 worth of equipment to help with extension services in the cocoa sector.
The equipment were made available to them by international NGO working in the Cocoa sector of Liberia Solidaridad.The donated equipment include yamaha motorbike, solar panels, desktop computers and printers, among others.
At the official presentation of the materials over the weekend, Solidaridad Program Officer Mr. BoimaBafaie says the equipment will be used to carry out extension services under its Liberia Cocoa Sector Improvement program.
Mr. Bafaie adds that Solidaridad has brought one million cocoa seedlings from Ghana and has set them at different locations for farmers here to pay little cost and do their planting, using high variety seedlings.
The Solidaridad Program Officer explains that the organization’s partners also financially contributed to the purchase of the equipment.Mr. Bafaie maintains that the extension services will primarily be provided to smallholder cocoa farmers to help boost their production.
Beneficiaries of the gesture extended commendation to Solidaridad for the collaboration and promised to use the equipment for the intended purpose.According to them, the equipment will help them in their job as direct partners to Solidaridad.By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley