The Ministry of Agriculture’s (MoA) Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture Project (CCAAP) in Belemu, Panta District, Bong County is gradually making progress. Beneficiaries of the project have described it as educational and rewarding.
They made the disclosure to the Daily Observer recently in Panta District.
They beneficiaries said through the project they have been able to learn improved methods in agriculture.
Moreover, they added that the project empowered them with knowledge to cope with climate change effects, thus improving income.
Augustus Kollie , the chairman of the CCAAP in Bellemu, Panta District, disclosed to this paper that there are 25 members of the project in his town.
He said that those individuals are trained to assist other farmers in the district to cope with climate change.
According to Mr. Kollie, before the introduction of the project, climate change made farmers in the district vulnerable.
“We are grateful for this project in our district; it is helping many of the farmers. Though it was introduced late last year, we are still reaping the results,” he said.
He mentioned that this year’s crops consisting of water greens, corn, and other vegetables would be grown on a demonstration site.
He said upon the completion of vegetables, they would grow rice in the lowlands.
For her part, Victoria Kpoquinyan said the climate change project has helped her to improve in farming.
Victoria has established a plot of land with vegetables to generate income.
She explained that the knowledge acquired led her to farm in the lowlands.
“Today I am able to observe the weather and know how to plan my work on the farm the next day,” she said proudly.
The MoA CCAAP was introduced in 2011 to enhance resistance to climate change by mainstreaming adaptation concerns in the agricultural sector of Liberia.
The project is the vehicle for implementing priority interventions in Liberia’s national adaptation program of action for the agricultural sector.
It is a four year project piloting in Bong and Grand Gedeh Counties.