Liberia’s Agriculture Minister Dr. Mogana Flomo, Jr. has stressed the need to attach serious attention to standardizing commercial farming practices here.
Speaking recently, Dr. Flomo said the standardization of commercial farming will reduce the huge importation of Liberia’s stiple-rice.
He observes that for too long, the importation of rice has caused a lot of economic hardship on the nation and its people.
At the start of his county tour at various rice producing communities in five of the 15 counties here, Minister Flomo urges that rice importation must stop.
Minister Flomo’s tour of the the five counties comes after President George Manneh Weah’s recent visit at the Ministry of Agriculture.
A consensus was reached during the president’s visit that the production target for Liberia’s staple food rice for the year 2019 be 39,500 metric tons of clean rice.
In observance of President Weah’s mandate, Minister Flomo has set his vision to mak Liberia-sufficiency in food production with emphasis on rice by the year 2022.
According to Minister Flomo, his tour is to create awareness among rice producers of Liberia to understand that they are important in helping to drive the nation to a complete self-reliant country.
After the tour, Dr. Flomo is expected to push the agenda for partnership among public-private-cooperation to work with the local farmers in meeting their needed results.
He is travelling along with agriculture technicians from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP) in Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Nimba, Lofa and Bong Counties.
The tour is expected to last for ten consecutive days.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong –Edited by Winston W. Parley