The Rural Integration Community Conservation Empowerment (RICCE), last Friday, May 27,2016, launched an awareness campaign on conservation, agriculture and mini trade fair in ZorKpolay, Nimba County.
The forum was held under the theme: “Environment Friendly Farming–Get Involved and Save the Future”. The Trade fair was attended by farmers and stakeholders, as well as representatives of Arcelor Mittal Liberia (AML), the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and local government Authorities.
At the occasion, farm products harvested from the community farms under the RICCE project were sale at affordable prices. Among valuable Produce on show at the launching program were cassava, rice, peanut, and pineapple. Others included plantains, pepper, bitter ball and water melon. Cash obtained from the produce sale belongs to the farmer groups for further cultivation anytime RICCE closes its program in the communities.
According to the Executive Director of the Rural Integration for Community Conservation Empowerment (RICCE), Salome G. Gofan the program main objective is to build the capacities of farmers to remain effective in conservation and biodiversity farming at the grass root level. It is pilot project sponsor by AML Biodiversity program.
Gofan further said that the pilot of the RICCE conservation farming program targets 7 active farming communities in the Zorh Clan in Gbehlay-Geh District. In another development; the local office of the Ministry of
Agriculture (MOA) and the Agriculture Relief Service (ARS) graded the farmers, their efforts and produce harvested at A+ (A’s plus).