The Dokodan Farmers’ Cooperative Society (DFCS), in Gbain, Nimba County, has expressed fears that its members could lose millions of dollars worth of crops if a favorable market condition is not provided to sell their produce.
In an interview with newsmen over the weekend, DFCS Co-chairman Robert Borgon said, “3,600 bags of rice and 2,400 bags of seed rice produced by over 100 farmers could not be sold due to unfavorable market conditions.”
Mr. Borgon explained, “We need better markets for our produce in order to avoid losses. The improvement of the market condition will encourage farmers’ cooperatives and other farmers to work harder in producing rice for Liberians.”
Borgon told reporters that a bag of rice is sold at US$50, while a bag of seed rice cost US$25.
The Cooperative official said since the Ebola outbreak, farmers have no access to buyers or any favorable market, thereby creating a source of worry for them.
Mr. Borgon explained that, “With a favorable market farmers can be empowered.”
He observed that the crops would spoil if not sold quickly, creating a serious economic hardship that may affect the 2015-farming season.
He therefore, called on the Cooperative Development Agency (CDA), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and Ministry of Agriculture, World Food Program and other agro-related organizations and partners to identify markets for their crops.
The Dokodan Cooperative Society is one of the oldest farmers’ unions and productive cooperatives in Nimba County since 1975.