The Ministry of Agriculture through the Smallholder Agricultural Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization Project, (MOA/SAPEC Project) has embarked on a little over two hundred and ninety thousand United State dollars US$290,000 market modernization project in Kakata, Margibi County.
MOA/SAPEC in collaboration with the Administration of Margibi County over the weekend broke ground for the modernization of the dilapidated Kakata General Market.
The focal person of the SAPEC project under the Ministry of Agriculture, Jerry Tokao said the initiative which is being funded by the African Development Bank (ADB) is intended to give a new outlook to the Market.
“As we stated earlier that this is a farmers’ market because all of what we produce as farmers ends in the market and at that market there where final consumers meet to transact so it behooves us as producers to ensure where our produce goes, it goes in an area where is clean, void of other harmful stuff” he said.
According to him, it is from this backdrop that the Ministry of Agriculture thought it wise to modernize or give a new outlook to the Kakata General Market.
He disclosed that the modernization process will take into consideration the renovation of the existing structures, the establishment of a playground for marketers’ children and garbage collection point where marketers will dispose their wastes while the structures will be electrified through the availability of solar panel.
He explained that the initial plan for the project was to erect a new building with a clinic attached, but the issue of land in the County begun a huddle adding that looking at the timeline of the project, they decided to modernize the existing structures.
Mr. Tokao at the same time revealed that the project will be implemented within the period of ten months beginning Monday June 3, 2019. He disclosed that the project is being awarded to the Bong Infrastructure Limited. He then averred that the project is taking place in six of Liberia’s fifteen Counties including Grand Bassa and Maryland respectively.
Also speaking during the occasion, the President of the Liberia Marketing Association thanked President George Manneh Weah for the love he has developed for the LMA and marketers across Liberia.
Mrs. Alice Gorpu Yeebahn said markets have been renovated while new ones are undergoing construction. “So we want to be grateful and we want to appreciate the President of the Republic of Liberia” she added.
The LMA President also thanked the County Superintendent Jerry Varnie for amicably handling issues surrounding the project and at the same time congratulated the Mayor of Kakata City Emmanuel M. Goll for the effort he has applied.
She also lauded the African Development Bank and the Ministry of Agriculture for remembering the marketers.
Mrs. Yeebahn, on the other hand, told her marketers that their long-awaited dreams have come to reality. She assured officials of the County that the Liberia Marketing Association will ensure that materials that will be provided for the project are used for the purpose intended.
“This is a challenge too that no piece of nail or bricks or sand nor crush rock will be missing from this ground” she noted.