The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Wienco, Bayer Boost Support to Farmers in Liberia

WIENCO-Liberia Limited in partnership with Bayer CropScience, Germany has launched its agro products in Liberia with a commitment of supporting farmers and developing the country. WIENCO- Liberia Limited whose hallmark is trail blazer, pace setter, innovator and achiever among others is an agricultural company that is specialized in the importation and distribution of high quality agro inputs (fertilizers, crop protection products and seeds amongst others) that meets international standards.

In Liberia, WIENCO is partnering with Bayer an agency for world renowned manufacturers of agro inputs in order to serve farmers in three areas; namely material science, crop science and health care which are well known brands, markets and agrochemical markets worldwide.

While WIENCO is expected to boost its products of oil palm, rubber tree plantation, rice, cocoa, corn and vegetable noting that they are in Liberia to assist farmers move seeds to shelves and also to help Liberia develop.

WIENCO said as part of its commitment to improving productivity of smallholders in Liberia, agro input packages are given to organized groups of farmers/Farmers Based Organizations (FBO's) in the form of credit facilities such as fertilizers and agrochemicals whereby repayment from the farmer groups is done after the harvest of their yields.

According to the organization, this is expected to enable farmers to have access to needed inputs. WIENCO also said it bridges the gap between agro input sales and or distribution and usage by the provision of free extension/agronomic services to farmers.

"We are of the strongest conviction that given this model and our track record in the industry for the past 34 years, and with the right blend of resources including finance management and labor agricultural production should increase at a decreasing cost of production," the Country Director of WIENCO Liberia Limited, Samuel Oduro-Asare said.

Mr. Oduro- Asare said the increase in production per acre would consistently lead to the increase in the income levels of the farmers with their model of operations thus bettering the lives of farmers as they will not pay up from for produce while all services offered will be absolutely free. "The main magic is that the production levels per acre would consistently increase as the state of the art in Good Agricultural Practices is introduced," he said.

Meanwhile, the Crop Manager of Bayer CropSceince Anglophone West Africa, Peter Ampofo said currently Bayer's major investment is in R/D which stands at US$637 Million with 120, 000 employees worldwide.

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