21 February 2013

Liberia: Agriculture Ministry Embarks On Poultry Project in Lofa

The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Liberia has constructed three modern poultry houses in Lofa County. The poultry facilities are being constructed in the provincial districts in Konia, Zorzor, Vezela, Voinjama and Kpasebenbedu in Foya.

Speaking during an inspection of the facilities over the weekend, Mrs. Seklau Elizabeth Wiles, National Coordinator of Livestock at the Ministry said the facilities will be used to produce eggs and poultry products in Liberia.

She urged Poultry farmers in Liberia to use new methods in poultry production. The Ministry will shortly embark on series of training programs to empower rural community women on how to properly use and maintain the facilities.

Madam Elizabeth Wiles also called on poultry farmers to begin the production of peanuts, corn and beans.

She said these varieties will be transformed into chicken feeds that guarantee good heath and growth. According to the national coordinator, the poultry houses have several components including a slaughterhouse and feed mill.

Mr. Paul Jallah, Assistant Minister of Regional Development, Research and Extension, assured the three communities of the ministry's preparedness to fully support and sustain the program. He disclosed that the ministry will provide the requisite tools and equipment to the farming communities to enhance the production of chicken and other meat related products in order to add value to the produce.

Madam Yama Fumba, Chairlady of the rural Zevelekezea Women of Konia Community expressed thanks and appreciation to the Ministry of Agriculture and FAO for the level of support the communities continue to enjoy and also for introducing new ways of producing chicken and poultry related products. She assured the MOA and FAO that the communities will fully utilize the facilities to increase poultry production in Liberia.

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