The United States Agency for International Development Food and Enterprise Development program (USAID FED) has recorded increases in all four food value chains covered by the project.
According to USAID FED Chief of Party Agnes Luz, the annual yield of rice production increased from 446 metric tons to 11,856 metric tons between 2013 and 2015, while participating farmers increased from 691 to 19,389, covering 3,952 hectares in 2015.
Speaking at the knowledge sharing and handover of extension materials and honoring program held at the Paynesville City Hall recently, Luz also noted an increase in the annual production rate of cassava from 4,569 metric tons to 43,200 during the same period, with an increase in the number of cassava farmers from 522 to 17, 935 and an increase in farmland area from 1,235 to 18,000 hectares.
USAIDFED, she said, also recorded similar successes in the vegetable and goat chains with an increase in the number of farmers from 318 to 3,896 who have up to 2015 produced11, 755 animals.
As in the case of the value chains the number of animals sold has increased from 290 in 2013 to 6,049 in 2015.
She said despite the fact that she will be departing the country soon it is her desire to see further increases in the numbers and production of farmers.
The outgoing COP caution the farmers to improve their production in the four value chains which include rice,casava,goats and vegetables in order to help the country’s agriculture sector to bring in changes in maximum food production.
Madam Luz explained that working with Liberian farmers have made her very proud because Liberian farmers are willing to learn and improve their country in terms of food sufficiency.
The knowledge sharing event was held under the theme “USAID FED Breaking Barriers to Food Security in Liberia” and brought together partners and beneficiaries from all six counties of its operations.
At the same time, the Minister of Agriculture Dr.Moses Zinnah commended USAID FED for their support to the country’s agricultural development.
He said his ministry will keep up the work by working with those farmers under the USAIDFED program and other local farmers in the counties to bring agriculture on the right path of improving food production.
“From now on to the end of the President’s tenure it’s my focus to improve sector and we will keep up the work by working with farmers, youths to foster a better place of food basket,” he said.