A three-day trainer of trainers’ workshop for the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) has started in Kakata, Margibi County. The workshop which began on December 17, 2013 and expected to have ended yesterday, brought together more than 70 participants from different parts of the country and Representatives of Mali, as well as the United States.
It was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) and the Community of Hope Agriculture Project (CHAP), with funding from the World Bank. Giving an overview of the workshop, Rev. Bimba noted that the program was meant to maximize production and profit for farmers, as well as to minimize cost.
“The intent of the meeting is also to train people who will be able to return to their various localities and train others about the SRI,” he stated. WAAPP Liberia Coordinator, Mr. Cyrus Saygbe, Sr., said the purpose of the workshop was to introduce the System of Rice Intensification in Liberia.
During the workshop, some of the participants also recommended to the Government Of Liberia, through the Ministry of Agriculture, mechanisms to resolve the difficulties faced by farmers in Liberia, including market competition and the issue of monitoring and evaluation, as well as equipping farmers for mass production of rice and other food stuck.