The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: Preserved Natural Resources

Maryland County District #3 Representative Rev. Isaac Roland has called on chiefs to desist from selling the natural resources.

He said cutting down logs can affect their environment and result to low harvest yield.

Speaking to chiefs in Free town in Dorrobo District in Maryland County, Representative Roland warned chiefs not to allow anyone to tamper with the natural resources, adding "the trees can protect everyone."

"What has happened over the years is that people did not know the importance and effect of cutting down the forest", Rep. Roland said.

He informed the citizens that Maryland County has fertile ground for cocoa production and other crops.

"We are being robbed by investors in our country and something must be done to apply innovation here. The key to our development is for every one of us to be exposed by visiting the website that was recently established," the lawmaker added.

He called for togetherness and stressed that a tree cannot make a forest. He admonished his kinsmen to avoid interference and safeguard of the natural resources of the land.

Touching on the issue of food security, the Maryland County Legislator promised to provide farming tools and equipment for citizens to engage in agricultural activities. He also promised to target health care and farm to market roads.

Rep. Roland said he was in the county to launch 150 acres of farmland for citizens to begin the agricultural project.

"We have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese Agriculture Minister. By next month, there will be capacity building for more young people and we are budgeting US$30,000 for maintenance," he noted.

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