An inclusive weeklong seed production training for technical and extension staff under the Ministry of Agriculture has ended at the Central Agricultural Research Institute-CARI in Suakoko District.
The training was facilitated by the Small Holder Agriculture Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization project with sponsorship from AfricaRice.
Under seed production, Participants discussed, seed system, seed certification, Traditional seed system, community based seed system (CBSS) amongst others.
Participants also learned the steps to threshing of rice, rice harvesting using combine harvester and important diseases of rice and management.
In a welcome address, Bong County Agriculture Coordinator KollieNahn thanked AfricaRice and partners for organizing the training to enable participants learn new techniques in properly securing quality seeds to improve the agriculture sector.
Mr. Nahn intimated that they as county agriculture coordinators, technical and extension staff must attach a lot of seriousness to the training in order to perfectly perform at their assigned areas.
The Bong County Agriculture Coordinator said the need for serious attention to be placed on the production of quality seeds cannot be over-emphasized.
Also making remarks at the close of the training, Africa Rice Country Representative to Liberia Dr. InousaArkintayo extended commendations to participants for the time and urged them to take the knowledge serious by implementing what they have learned.
Dr. Arkintayo stated that they as an organization are committed to buttressing the efforts of the Liberian government through the Ministry of Agriculture to make Liberia a surplus food environment.
He cautioned the participants to get more involved into research activity to find the amicable solution to Liberia low food production most especially rice.
According to him, if that is done, Liberia stands to benefit a lot on grounds that it will stop the Country from spending huge sum of money to import rice.
All of the fifteen counties of Liberia were represented by their county agriculture coordinators, District Agriculture Officers and focal persons from the Ministry of Agriculture respectively.By: Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong County