A local organization under the nomenclature ‘National Cassava Producers Union of Liberia’ (NCPU-L) has officially launched in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The organization is a conglomeration of Smallholder Cassava farmers in the
Giving the overview of the Union, the president of the National Cassava Producers union of Liberia, Emmanuel S.L. Tambah said the organization was established in October 2018 as an agriculture orientated organization with the aimed of bringing together smallholder cassava farmers of Liberia under one amalgamation to use cassava as a means of improving their livelihood by creating job opportunities for the ordinary citizens in the Country.
Mr. Tambah said his entity believes that when farmers are adequately empowered it will help to reduce crimes in various communities on grounds that poverty will be reduced by 40% beginning 2023 in Liberia.
According to Tambah, Cassava is Liberia second most staple food which can be consumed by over ninety percent of the country total national population. The Liberia National Cassava Producers Union, President alleged that the cassava sector in the country has been given less attention to by the national government and its developmental partners, adding “if this sector could have been given attention over the years, Liberia would have been closed to the total nine leading producing cassava countries in the world.
Mr. Tambah revealed that Nigeria is Africa and the world largest cassava exporter, adding, they export 33.7 million metric tons of cassava produce to China and other parts of the world for international consumption thereby bringing back into the Nigerian economic ten billion united states dollars.
He said this research convinced the establishment and formation and the
subsequent registration with the government of Liberia the national cassava producers union of Liberia. He revealed that by 2023 every single National cassava farmer’s member will be able to build their own structure as cassava is going to be able to improve their life in the country.
Mr. Tambah further said their International Partners from the Republic of China and Green Gold Liberia have agreed to export out of Liberia one thousand metric tons of dry cassava in June of this year.
When that is done according to Mr. Tambah, Liberia stands to benefit three
hundred thousand United States Dollars every Month which will contribute to the already struggling economy in the Country.
For his part, the Minister of Agriculture Dr. Mogana Flomo described the launched as a new beginning for Liberia especially in the production of cassava.
“For many years as Liberians, we have failed to feed ourselves! We have failed as Liberians to know that the soil brings everything we need! We have failed to understand that God made us be one of the richest nations around the world, but we have failed to know or recognize the value of the soil.” Minister Flomo told the gathered Farmers.
He said now that Liberians are getting to know or recognized that the soil is way out and that the farmers are getting ready to decide to go into the production of particular crops, it shows that Liberia is about to move forward.
The Liberian Agriculture Minister committed the government of President Weah, to supporting farmers in the Country. He further called on members of the Union to hold together in unity for the betterment of their growth and Liberia.