The Informer (Monrovia)

29 June 2012

Liberia: Farmers Union Boss Assures Nation's Farmers of Assistance

The Vice President of the Farmers Union Network of Liberia (FUNL), Rev. Robert Bimba, has assured Liberian farmers of the Union's possible assistance in the area of food production. He said the time has come for Liberians to turn away from the dependency syndrome on other countries and produce for themselves. Rev. Bimba gave the assurance at his Paynesville office, when he briefed reporters about the functions of the Union.

For food security, he said, the Union has designed series of strategies that will adequately empower local farmers to be encouraged to produce more food. He said the administration of the Union has finalized plans to lobby with the government, international agriculture related organizations and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for the capacity building of farmers. Rev. Bimba further noted that Liberian farmers are capable to produce adequate food annually for the market, but they needed the necessary empowerment and logistics to enhance their performance.

The Union Vice President also said that it is regrettable to note that the country that was founded in the 1800s is still unable to feed itself. He pointed out that by now, Liberia should be one of the countries exporting rice to those countries that cannot feed themselves.

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