The Inquirer (Monrovia)

27 February 2013

Liberia: YLBWOFIM Dedicates Ten Acres Cassava Farm

The young Liberian Business Women Organization for Improvement (YLBWOFIM) has dedicated a ten-acre cassava farm geared towards providing skills and adding value to products and to provide financial empowerment for youths including women of Gbarpolu County.

Speaking at the dedicatory ceremony of the ten Acres Cassava Farm Project and launching of the second phase of the vocational training program held in Gbopolu City, Gbapolu County, the Executive Director and Founder of YLBWOFIM, Kona S. Kollie said the program marks another landmark in the history of the existence of the model organization that was established one year ago began operating full scale, barely five months after it was established.

Madam Kollie added that she's so proud to see huge amount of youths and women to be graduating as their first seventy five trainees who have acquired specialized knowledge, skills are capable and ready to make contributions in society.

She stated further that they have proudly dedicated a Cassava Farm which constitutes the first phase of a series of cash crops farming projects some fifty acres parcel of land provided by the farsighted people of Lorma,BopoluDistris, as the fifth acres agricultural program is designed to increase food supply while simultaneously adding value to products and providing improve farming knowledge and skills to youth and women Gbarpolu County.

She pointed out that they are action oriented group, and young people should stand to demonstrate that they can play a positive role in national development and not to sit and be fooled. She also mentioned that the cassava farm project would start yielding results within the next seven months and they would be producing farina, super-gari and 'dipper'.

Madam Kolie said that they would have processing plants along with appreciable storage facilities. "We will not sell raw cassava but rather the above listed value which would bring increased income to the program, participants and the community dwellers to enlarge the importance of adding value to farm products," Madam Kollie stated.

She added that they are lack of so many things including; lack of trained personnel, transportation, needed practical experience, start -up kits and training facilities among others and also need to provide monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to improve the program and ensure success to the newly trained personnel.

She said that YLBWOFIM has been recognized and has received support from the Ministry of Youth and Sport and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and believes both of these institutions are proud of their achievements that have been manifested.

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