Great Britain OXFAM and its local partner, AEDE have handed over farming materials to Amenu farmers in Grand Gedeh. The materials include, one tractor and accessories, two vehicles (pick-ups), rice processing machine, power tillers, computers, and chainsaws.
During the ceremony in Zleh Town, John Bryant, AEDE Project Manager, said for the past 3 years they have built the capacity of AMENU farmers. “Though the project has ended but AEDE will continue to stay in the county to support farmers in vegetable production and other areas,” Bryant stated.
Speaking also at the programme was Grand Gedeh District # 3 Representative, Alex C. Grant. He cautioned the AMENU cooperative leadership to use the materials for the betterment of the county and its people.
“Take these materials and use them for the intended purpose, which is farming. Because we want Grand Gedeh to be sufficient in food production,” he noted.
Grant, who cultivated about 25 acres of robber farmlands in Pouh Town, his hometown, is the first farmer in Grand Gedeh to have been elected to the House of Representative since its creation in 1964.
AMENU (We will do it), local is a well-known farmers cooperative in southeastern-Liberia. Meanwhile, more than 20 contractors and staffers of AEDE have been protesting for their salaries in the last past two weeks.
According the workers, since the project ended in October 30, 2011, they are yet to receive their salaries and other benefits from AEDE Management despite its pronouncement. The protesting workers made this known during the handing over ceremony in Zleh Town.
However, Representative Alex C. Grant has promised to intervene on behalf of the workers with AEDE/OXFAM to have their obligations settle.