An Executive Mansion release reports that the Cabinet yesterday carefully reviewed the performance of its Agriculture and Agro-processing Task Force with emphasis on highlighting the most critical challenges to agricultural concessions and tree crop sectors with a view to finding solutions. The Cabinet mandated further review of the community engagement forum implementation agenda and solicited inputs on corrective actions from members.
The agriculture and agro-processing sectors underscored the potential for creating new jobs and improved livelihoods through agriculture value chain and manufacturing with emphasis on oil palm, cocoa, fisheries, aquaculture and rice production amid challenges faced in the iron and rubber sectors.
According to the release, cabinet received updates on the status of the Outgrower Program for Community Oil Palm and advanced steps for the government to continue the Outgrower program in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable way. Progress has been recorded on the outgrower model development with multi-stakeholder alignment.
The Cabinet was also briefed on benefits to be accrued from the Outgrower Scheme that would lead to empowering rural communities with land and high value crop ownership and skills, bring additional and near term revenues to government and will send strong signals to national and international communities on forest conservation and economic empowerment.
Meanwhile, Cabinet also reviewed a proposal for its aggressive community engagement forum aimed at using various channels to communicate progress made, existing challenges and realistic targets set for implementation.
The overall objective of the community engagement forum was to bring members of the Cabinet face-to-face with various social
institutions and ordinary Liberians to engage openly and dialogue on where we were and where we are to date.
The Cabinet members were subsequently briefed on the arrival in country of the contractors that will demobilize the existing Defense Ministry structure that will pave the way for the construction of the Ministerial Complex in Congo Town outside Monrovia. Cabinet has mandated detailed consultations and increased contributions to ensure an inclusive participation in the community engagement forum process.