The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Mogana Flomo, Jr., discloses plan here to partner with agriculture colleges across the country to practicalize courses being taught to students.
He made the disclosure in a meeting with the President of the William V.S. Tubman University Dr. Elliott Wreh Wilson, in Harper City, Maryland County, southeast Liberia as part of a one-day visit to the county this week.
He says his administration is working on a four-year plan, which if followed properly, could see Liberians grow what they eat. Speaking also to this paper in Harper and on Cape Rock radio, a community radio station in Maryland, Minister Flomo says the essence of his trip to the county was to tour agriculture structures, farmers and farming groups, and the Smallholder Agriculture Farmers Enhancement Commercialization Projects or SAFEC sites.
He adds that it was also intended to acquaint himself with agriculture activities, progress and challenges of farmers, and to gather suggestions on how government could help improve the sector.
Dr. Flomo stresses that for government’s pro-poor agenda to be successful, serious attention should be paid to agriculture. “It pains my heart when I see people sending money out of Liberia for food that we eat especially, rice”, he laments.
He says working with would-be agriculturalists across the country will make Liberia food sufficient as well as curtail importation of food particularly, the country’s stable, rice.
He urges farmers across the country to become self-sufficient in food to be able to address food security in the country.Maryland County Superintendent George A. Prowd, in a brief meeting with Dr. Flomo, notes that with Liberia rated as one of the poorest countries in the world, he will pay serious attention to agriculture as a means of improving the county’s economy.Superintendent Prowd vows to encourage every citizen in Maryland to get involve in agriculture for food sufficiency.
By George K. Momo–Editing by Jonathan Browne