The NEWS (Monrovia)

9 June 2008

Liberia: Rice Production Will Ease Food Crisis - Agriculture Minister Toe

Monrovia — Agriculture Minister Dr. Chris Toe has suggested that the best way in solving the looming food crisis in Liberia is for the people to roll up their sleeves and return to the soil.

Minister Toe said the best resolution to the food crisis, especially the hike in the price of rice, is for Liberians to produce more rice.

The Minister's suggestion was contained in a statement delivered by Assistant Minister for Research, Arthur Richiu Mitchell at a two-day agriculture sponsored workshop conducted by the Crusaders for Peace at the LIBR near Robertsfield, Margibi County.

Dr. Toe said the Agriculture Ministry has a mission to develop the agriculture sector and human resource capacity to ensure food security in Liberia.

The workshop was organized to create public awareness on the back-to-the soil program expected to be launched by government shortly.

Assistant Agriculture Minister lauded Amb. Julie Endee for her continued nationalistic efforts in promoting programs of national interest to the government and people of Liberia.

Also speaking at the program, Margibi County Superintendent Levi Piah said adequate food production especially the nation's staple food, rice, is an urgent need for Liberia.

Superintedent Piah said the Liberian people must cultivate more rice farms rather than rubber which is being planted throughout Liberia.

He said planting of rubber was important, but Liberians must also produce food they can eat.

In a brief remark, Amb. Endee pledged her continued support to national interest and the people of Liberia.

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