27 November 2012

Liberia: Catholic Projects Chief Visits Liberia

As part of its quarterly visit to inspect all projects in Liberia, the Head of Rural Development in Africa at Messerori, Sabina Sulser has visited the country to inspect projects being sponsored by her organization, Messerori Germany, and implemented by the relief arm of the Catholic Church Monrovia Archdiocese, CARITAS.

Madam Sabina Sulser in a meeting with farmers

Messerori Germany is sponsoring agricultural projects in Bomi, Gbapolu, and Grand Cape Mount counties, respectively.

The Acting Head of CARITAS Monrovia Emerson Tamba led the Messerori representative to inspect various projects in the three counties.

The farmers lauded Messerori for the opportunity to learn new farming methods other than the age-old subsistence farming that they have been accustomed to.

They said with the new farming system being introduced, farmers in all three counties would be able to harvest their crops monthly to bring them for sale in the market, which will enable them to pay their children's school fees.

The farmers said unlike the subsistence farming method when they used to harvest once a year, the new method would allow them to make fast yields from their labor. According to them, they can now farm to a particular spot for years because at the end of every monthly harvest, they are immediately able to plant other crops.

CARITAS Monrovia through its sponsors from Messerori has taught the farmers to grow rubber, palm, pineapples, pepper, bitter balls, piggery and cassava, among others. The planting of rubber started in 2006, and some farmers are expected to begin tapping their rubber by 2013.

In response, the representative from Messerori lauded CARITAS Monrovia and the farmers for the job well done in the implementation of the projects. Madam Sabina Sulser said she was impressed with the implementation of those projects that were earmarked by her organization, and added that with the level of work done so far, her organization will source more money to sustain the projects in the three counties.

She disclosed plans to include more farmers into the program and called on other international organizations involved in agricultural activities, including the Ministry of Agriculture to work along with CARITAS in implementing farming projects in the country.

The Acting Head of CARITAS Emerson Tamba told Madam Sabina Sulser that CARITAS-Liberia is always willing to work with Messerori Germany in implementing projects sponsored here. Mr. Tamba said about 1,326 farmers are benefiting from the subsistence agriculture projects in the three counties.

Meanwhile, Madam Sabina Sulser has disclosed the funds are ready for the construction of seven bridges between Gbankai and Belle Fasamah in Belleh District, Gbarpolu County, adding that the project will be implemented by CARITAS-Liberia.

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