Former President Tolbert Farm Reopen In Bong
In an effort to support the Government of Liberia Pro-Poor Agenda through capacity building and contribution to underprivileged Liberian including women and youth, the William Richard Tolbert Jr. Rubber Plantation in Zota District, Bong County has been reopened to the people of the County with calls on Liberians to see the agriculture sector as the surest way to take Liberia out of extreme poverty.
Addressing reporters at the opening ceremony of the farm recently in County, the former President of the Rubber Plantation and General Manager, Mackie Lawrence said Liberia has fertile soil and it is about time that Liberian make maximum use of it in order to rescue the people of Liberia from eject poverty and hunger.
Mr. Lawrence added, “we need to promote this country and be like other countries in the world and to the people of bong county this is a golden opportunity for all in this central region, we are open to the general public so come and work to make your own money”.
He said currently, the country is heavily relying on food importation mainly rice to feed its people, something the William Richard Tolbert Jr. Rubber Plantation boss noted should be a thing of the past.
He wants Liberian farmers to go back to the soil and grow what they eat, and eat what they grow.
In a drive to help revamp the sector, Mr. Lawrence and his teams have put in place some short and long term measures to improve the sector for the betterment of the society and its people.
Lawrence said, “currently they are focus on the productions of Rubbers, Oil palm and Coffee for now and the farm is being run privately by me and my teams with some partnership from Mr. Jackson George, a permanent businessman of Margibi County”.
According to Mr. Lawrence, in order to achieve this dreams we need about 200 persons to work as tapers at the Rubbers plantation, we need about 50 persons to work at the Coffee, 8 security, 15 administrative staffs amongst others.
He further revealed that all those that are going to be working at the farm will stay at the compound of the farm and there is a modern free health facility and school in the area for them and they will be pay adequately for whatever work they will be doing.
Mr. Lawrence wants all Liberians to muster the courage and work collectively with the ruling government in a move to help develop the country.
He further said that there is a need for Liberians to see the agriculture sector as the fastest engine to take Liberia to another level.
He encouraged all relevant partners to help provide the necessary supports to the sector in the best interest of the country.
Liberia agriculture sector has been challenged over the period with the lack of adequate support, capacity building as well as insufficient manpower development and many others.
In closing, I just want to say to the people of Liberia that we all are trying to buttress the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development PAPD effort to see our country move forward.
For his part, the Production Manager Armstrong Matthews described agriculture as the lifeblood of every economy and as such with more support and capacity building for farmers across the country, life can get better.
He said agriculture in developing country like Liberia there is a serious need that everyone in the country take farming as their top priority to reduce hunger.
The Production Manager further “over the years, the Liberian government has spent close to US$200 million annually on rice importation which I believe is taking away the country foreign exchange earnings”.
According to him, citizens need to understand that Liberia can only reduce food importation when they invest in the soil.
“There is a need that Liberians who are interested in agriculture receive government supports through the distribution of farming implements across the country,” Mr. Matthews added.
Mr. Matthews extended commendations to the county authorities for the support given us since we open this farm and we hope that they will continue to do so for the betterment of our beloved Country, Liberia”.