FrontPageAfrica (Monrovia)

18 June 2014

Liberia: PAL - President Sirleaf Failed to Revitalize the Economy

Monrovia — The Patriotic of Alliance Liberia (PAL)Executive Director Mr. Korva M. Jorgbor conducted a research and observed that President William R. Tolbert Administration was making its dynamic efforts, following the stated policy principle, which is "only Self-reliance that can lead to self-sufficiency, Prosperity and Development".

As we all know that Liberia is richly endowed with most of the national factors (rich soil) for food production. In so during, the Unity Party (UP) led government should focus its attention on the supply of its financial resources to maximize production in the agriculture sector.

It can be record that President Tolbert Administration prime objective was to make Liberia self-sufficient in food, especially rice and secondly, to boost the cash-crop industry in order to provide a second financial basis for the rural areas.

According to PAL, President Tolbert saw the national self-sufficiency in rice as a prime target in struggle for economic improvement; in so doing he gives the Ministry of Agriculture the task to achieve the goal by the end of 1980. Today the UP led government is not contemplating on such national policy.

The UP led government refused to note that the Agriculture, Mining, and Forestry Sectors are the prime pillars for economic recovery and a lone term economic development. Since 2006, the Unity Party (UP) led government failed to position the Ministry of Agriculture as the key sector for the revitalization of the economy.

PAL strongly believed that the sector is very strategic for employment creation, poverty reduction, and income generation.

We observed that President Tolbert Administration was need to encouraged the Co-Operatives system and it's was successful. It can be records that the number of registered

Co-Operatives increased from six (6) to fifty-three (53) between 1971 and 1977. And In 1974, the Liberian Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) took over the tree crops program from the Ministry of Agriculture, 6247 acres of coffee, 12,728 acres of cocoa, 9734 acres of palm, and 1,519 acres of coconut were planted.

The LPMC main focus was rice and tree crops (Coffee, Cocoa, Oil palm and Coconut). Today, the LPMC has become a sleeping dog as the result Liberia can't boast of the production of rice and tree crops.

During our research, PAL observed that doing President Tolbert Administration, the LPMC was catalyst in the nation's drive to self-sufficiency in rice. This drive increase production during his administration.

Today, the Ministry of Agriculture is receiving funds from International Community through the UP led government, yet she have failed to improve the Agriculture Sector in-order for Liberia to be self-sufficient in rice but rather focus her attention on concessions agreements and those agreements are not in the best interest of the Liberian people. Due to the overlapping function by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Liberian Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) is not effective and efficient in implementing its duties. As the result it has become a sleeping dog.

The Patriotic Alliance of Liberia is calling on the Unity Party led Government (UP) to take into consideration the Agriculture, Mining, and Forestry Sectors are the prime pillars for economic recovery and a lone term economic development. In so doing, the Liberian Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC), Agriculture Ministry and the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) should be more effective and efficient in implementing its duties.

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