VP Howard-Taylor Assures Government Commitment to Investing in Agriculture
Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor says Government remains committed to investing in the country’s agriculture sector with the Ministry of Agriculture leading the way.
The Liberian Vice President Howard-Taylor made the commitment Monday, September 17, 2018, at the Gbarnga Administrative Building in Bong County when she served as Chief Launcher of the Agric Power Africa-Liberia Project (APAL)
VP Howard-Taylor at the same time thanks APAL for choosing Liberia as the next destination after Nigeria and pledged the Government’s fullest support to the project.
She noted that various co-investment funded programs and the launching of the Agric Power Africa-Liberia Project fully re-echoes the government’s repeated reminders to stakeholders that investment in agriculture should not be considered an exclusive preserve for the Government.
The First Female Vice president recalled the huge role private investment is playing in moving nations to self-sufficiency in food production and wants Liberians to take full ownership of the sector.
The Liberian Vice President said it is no doubt that the activities of Agric Power Africa in Liberia are key to creating awareness of the critical need for the private sector to be involved in the provision of vital inputs like fertilizer, seeds and other agricultural supplies to farmers.
According to her, strengthening the provision of private sector services to farmers for fertilizers, seeds and other inputs is critical to the transformation of the sector, expressing the hope that Agric Power Africa will ensure that such supply goes hand in hand with teaching the farmers the proper use of these inputs.
The Tough talking Liberia Vice President said it was time for Liberia to reduce dependence on the importation of major commodities and noted that the coming of Agric Power Africa might be that opportunity needed to change the story around.
She encouraged the farmers of Bong County and Liberia at large to take advantage of the opportunity to transform their lives.