The County Agriculture Coordinator (CAC) of Margibi County, Musu Tuah Youn, says nearly 2000 farmers in her county are expected to shortly benefit from the distribution of improved maize (corn) seeds.
Making the disclosure at her office yesterday, Madam Youn stated that the initiative is sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, which aims at economically empowering Liberian farmers to contribute to the production of poultry feed locally.
“We have registered interested maize growers in our county to produce the crop that will be processed in to poultry feeds. The seed will be distributed to the farmers without them paying for it,” she mentioned.
According to Madam Youn, the Ministry of Agriculture will take the responsibility to purchase the corn that will be grown by the farmers.
“Farmers will not have to worry about the sale of their corn product as there is already an attractive market, the MoA will buy the maize products at reasonable prices.
She did not, however, disclose actual buying price of the corn but appeared that farmers producing the corn will enter a bargain.
With the effects of Ebola on the Liberia’s agriculture sector, Madam Youn said that farmers in her county are encouraged to return to the soil and produce more food for the country.
She said that there is great challenge posed by farmers in the county as the result of the Ebola virus.
“Many farmers in Margibi abandoned farmlands during the peak of the Ebola menace because of fear of contracting the virus. These farmers are now coming back home and taking over their various farm projects but will need support to enable them continue farming,” she asserted.
The Margibi CAC further disclosed that her office has embarked on multiplying improved rice seed varieties that will soon be distributed to farmers.
“We will give out rice seeds to farmers that we don’t expect them to return as a way to encourage them,” she said.