The Director General of the Liberia Agriculture Commodity Regulatory (LACRA), Dr. John Flomo has disclosed that the entity is now prepared to resume operation in 2019 in the country
The Liberia Agriculture Commodity Regulatory Authority was established by an act of Legislature in 2014 to replace the Liberian Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC).
According to report, it was defined in chapter 57 of the Executive Law of 1973, for the purpose of promoting production, processing and marketing of high-quality agricultural commodities particularly cocoa, coffee and palm oil in the country.
Appearing as a guest on OK FM breakfast show on Friday, December 14, 2018, Dr. Flomo assured citizens in the country that beginning January 2019 the entity will resume full operation in Bong, Grand Bassa, Nimba and Lofa counties.
The LACRA boss revealed that his recent tour on the Bong and Nimba counties facilities was intended to get an impression on how thing are going on at these facilities, as they prepare to resume operation in next year.
He said most of the facilities have been in ruin over the years and it was about time to work out the necessary modalities to ensure they are revamped in the country.
Dr. Flomo boastfully said if these facilities are revamped up to farms it will create job opportunity for young people in the various counties respectively.
According to Dr. Flomo, the major task for him at LACRA is the revamping of these facilities in the midst of budget constraint or low budget.
However, Dr. Flomo did not disclose the budget LACRA is receiving from the Ministry of Finance.
The LACRA chief executive director further said the organization will also work to support farmers across the country through capacity building and providing support to encourage agriculture productivity in the country.
He is at the same time encouraging farmers to form cooperation in their various counties, noting that by during so will help them in turn of LACRA support.
The LACRA Boss believes that forming cooperation will help coordinate activity amongst Stakeholders in the agriculture sector and local farmers which will trigger growth and development in the sector and increase local production.
According to the LACRA Director General, coordination among stakeholders will positively impact farmers across the country and investors will be encouraged to invest in the agriculture sector.