A group of farmers in Tubmanburg, Bomi County calling themselves “Youths for Positive Change” has prioritized the production of cassava to generate income for the support of their families.
The initiative is being supported by one of the food crops’ projects of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), “the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP-Liberia)”.
The Bomi County farmer group has embarked on the cultivation of about 10 hectares of farmland in Tubmanburg.
They said that growing cassava enables them to earn more money.
Cassava is a tuber crop that grows well even in a poor soil. Its cultivation is less labor intensive. When planted can get mature within a period of three to six months depending on the variety.
In Liberia, this crop (cassava) is the second staple food of the country, widely consumed by many households.
Mr. Momolu Gray is the chairman of the Youths for Positive Change Organization in Tubmanburg.
He told the Daily Observer’s Farmer Desk that, a demonstration site has been established at their project site, located in Banana Farm Community to train local farmers on improve method of cassava planting.
“With the support of one of the projects of the Ministry of Agriculture, we have been able to establish a demo site to train farmers in the community.
He stated that the agriculture project is intended to generate income for members of the organization.
“We started the cassava project few years ago, firstly with support from Welthungerhilfe (WHH) helping us with cassava processing materials. At of the moment the produce is now being processed into gari and sold on the market,” he mentioned.
Mr. Gray, however, disclosed that there is a need for more processing equipment to enable them increase their production.