Leela Group of Farmers CEO Vows To Battle Rice Importation In Liberia
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Leela Group of Farmer’s (LGOF) and Commissioner of Tokpablee District, Bong County says Liberia is experiencing a huge importation of rice because the government is not providing support to encourage farmers.
“Liberians consumed millions of metric tons of rice every year, with a significant portion of its consumption sourced from imports; so the government needs to go back to the policies of the 60s and 70s when farmers were given loans to improve their farming activities,” Commissioner Kerlen said.
“I want to battle the importation of rice, but with the traditional shifting cultivation method still being used in Liberia, it is a difficult war to fight,” he said.
According to him, the LGOF comprises five thousand three hundred twenty-one (5321) members from Tokpablee, Kokoyah sub-district and Kpaii district in Bong County.
He said the Leela Group of Farmer’s was established in 2015 with the aim of going back to the soil in order to be self-reliance in the society. We do animal house boundary, palm planning, cocoa productions and substantive farming he narrated.
The Tokpablee District Commissioner at the same time maintained that as commissioner, agriculture production remains his paramount concern in order to save the national government from spending more money on the importations of the Country staple food, (Rice).
The Bong County commissioner boastfully said been a farmer and now a commissioner of Tokpablee district in the County agriculture remains his focus.
“Liberia is a country that heavily depends on other countries to feed its citizens and the government of Liberia spends little over two hundred (200) Million United States dollars for the importation of the country staple food from other parts of the world,” he noted.
According to the commissioner, the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture needs to pay attention to Liberian farmer in every part of the Country.
CEO Kerlen is at the same time calling on all citizens across Tokpablee district and Liberia at large to actively engage in agriculture in order to feed themselves and save more money to send their children to school.