MOU For Increased Food Production Signed In Monrovia – Paving The Way For Hunger Alleviation
Monrovia-The Ministries of Internal Affairs and Agriculture have signed a memorandum of understanding aim at revitalizing Communal Farming System for increased food production and the alleviation of hunger in the country.
The MOU is also in support of pillar two of government’s Pro-Poor Agenda which is anchors on job creation and the economy.
Speaking Wednesday at the signing ceremony in Monrovia, Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf said there is a need that the National Legislature considered funding in the next fiscal budget to improve the farming initiative.
He added that the MOU is a step to national reconciliation as well as poverty alleviation across the fifteen counties.
Minister Sirleaf has meanwhile commended FAO for embracing the Communal Farming Project and their interest to assist the two Ministries to plan Maize on a pilot basis in at least two counties in Liberia.
For his part, Agriculture Minister Mogana Flomo asserted that the two Ministries will work closely with local farmers in the country to address the country’s current food problem.
According to him, it was now time that Liberia as an independent state begins to feed itself like other countries in the sub-region.
In brief remark FAO Country Representative Her Excellency Mariatou Njie said her institution stand ready to support the two ministries in achieving its agenda.
At the same time, Maryland County Senator Gblee-Bo Brown is challenging authorities at the Ministry of Agriculture to engage into the exportation of locally made products to the international market.
He said the exportation of Agricultural products from Liberia will not only add value to the county but will also minimize the strain on the country’s foreign exchange market.
Senator Brown, the Senate Chair on Internal Affairs, however, alarmed that there are several international companies in Africa who are allegedly using the name of Liberia to sell their products in Europe.
Afraid to name the company, the Maryland Senator noted that given the quality of Liberian made product, other international companies are constantly dubbing customers at the expense of the country.
He described the action as bad while urging folks at the Ministry of Agriculture to step their game and ensure that Liberian products are on the export market.