The program officer of the Farmers Union Network of Liberia (FUN), John Alphanso Perkins, has disclosed more then 4,000 local farmers from Bong, Grand Bassa, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties have been recruited for a 2-year food security project.
Mr. Perkins made the disclosure to the Daily Observer newspaper recently at his office in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
The project, according to him, is being implemented by FUN with support from the Ministry of Agriculture(MoA) in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD) through funding from the Italian government.
He said the project is intended to develop the capacities of farmers in the four counties to increase the production of food.
He added that his institution has recruited 17 extension workers and assigned them in the targeted counties to implement the project.
“The program intends to upgrade the skills of the farmers thereby increasing their income to reduce poverty,” Mr. Perkins explained; adding that it would help local farmers get away from subsistence to commercial agriculture.
According to Perkins, the project required that every farming group cultivate one hectare of land with rice, corn, and peanut.
“The farmers are asked to prioritize the production of those crops on one hectare of farmland in their various counties,” he said.
The FUN program officer mentioned that the farmers are empowered with money to stage their various agricultural projects.
“Several farmers in Bomi County have been given a 50 percent loan to start the brushing of their farm. Upon completion of the brushing and clearing they will receive the last disbursement of the same percentage for planting,” he stated.
He stated that the loan assistance shall extend to all of the farmers under the project.