The Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations recently distributed a consignment of assorted farm tools to six farming organizations in Montserrado, Margibi, Bomi and Nimba counties.
These organizations were selected based on requests they had earlier submitted to the UNFAO Liberia office.
The beneficiaries were Sean Devereux Children’s Education and Agriculture Program (SDCEA) and Development Brokers (DB), both in Brewerville, Montserrado County; Women & Children’s Development Association of Liberia (WOCDAL) in Margibi; Kpagbala Farmers in Bomi; Humanity Care-Liberia (HCL) and Dordelah Farmers Association, in Nimba County.
The items included cutlasses, rakes, knapsack sprayers, pin-ash, measurement tapes, quality seeds, twine ropes, shovels, axes, diggers, flash tapes (for scaring birds), hand gloves, trap wires, watering cans, okras and fertilizers (UREA 60%).
Mr. Amadu Sanor, the Executive Director of SDCEA, emphasized the importance of FAO’s assistance to his organization.
“We have conducted a series of assessments in some agriculture communities and found out that those communities are engaged in charcoal production that can contribute to depleting the forests and cause harm to the soil and to reduce this, we have decided to introduce quick impact initiatives through vegetable production for fast income generation for farmers,” he said.
In Bahn, Nimba County, David Karyar, farm manager for Humanity Care-Liberia (HCL) said, “We are grateful for the assistance; this will motivate the farmers to work. Since we established our organization last year this is the first huge consignment of tools we have received.”
He added that HCL is engaged with 250 groups, comprising 1,950 farmers in Nimba and are involved in cassava, cocoa, banana and plantain cultivation.
The Dordelah Trust in God Farmers of Kpaytuo, Nimba County has 50 members who cultivate vegetable and rice.
Reducing rural poverty is one of FAO’s five strategic objectives and FAO Liberia is presently working with 300 rural farming groups, mostly women, through the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA).