28 January 2014

Liberia: Farmers Trained in Cassava Processing

More than 55 farmers from Getelleh Town in lower Montserrado County have benefitted from a one-day cassava processing and small business management training.

The training was organized by Falama Incorporated with funding from Lifting Farmers.

The farmers who were mostly women praised the organizers for the training and said it has broadened their knowledge on how they could grow, produce and manage their local products.

The beneficiaries were taught how to add value to the processing of cassava, good customer service practice as well as the new method of planting cassava, eddoes, plantain, among others.

Participant Rebecca B. Gbanyah told The NEWS that she was overwhelmed because it was her first time to get such knowledge on the methods of cassava planting and processing.

She said the women of Getelleh Town were also happy to hear from Falama that a cassava processing site in their town will be established soon.

Rebecca termed the cassava processing plant as an empowerment for women of the country because their cassava will be bought and processed by Falama into gari, cassava flour and chips.

She believes the processing plant would give hope to women of the town especially those who lost their husbands during the civil crisis.

For her part, Angie Howard of Falama Incorporated explained that her organization was motivated to conduct the training based on the request by the people of Getelleh Town.

Madam Howard said the people requested for the training considering its importance to the growth of their businesses.

Madam Howard revealed that her organization has also been involved in similar training for women in Bomi County.

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