The New Dawn (Monrovia)

22 May 2014

Liberia: Invest More in Agriculture - Supt. Buway Urges Liberians

Margibi County Superintendent, John Z. Buway, has said that agriculture remains a key sector of Liberia's economy with huge potential for local employment, poverty reduction, food security and income generation.

Addressing the launch of Smallholder Agricultural Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization (SAPEC) Project Management Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture recently held in Kakata, he said everyone is aware that 60% or more of the country's population depends on agriculture for livelihood.

Speaking on the theme: "The role of all Liberians in addressing food security as a national security", he said food security is a national priority. According to him, much is not being done to making sure that the sector gets the kind of attention it deserves, noting that appropriation in the National Budget for agriculture is inadequate primarily due to limited resources.

The Margibi Superintendent indicated that it is difficult with competing national priorities to give agriculture more money than health, education, public works and security.

He said the African Development Bank and other international partners are contributing about US$53M to the program, while the Government of Liberia is providing over US$1 million something, which he said, shows that international partners are interested in helping Liberia to improve the agriculture sector as an engine of economic growth.

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