The Farmers’ Union Network of Liberia (FUN) is expected to soon resume its consultation meeting with farmers across the country.
The program officer of FUN, John Alphanso Perkins, made the disclosure to the Daily Observer, Thursday, January 02, 2014, at his office in Paynesville.
FUN is a national farmer organization that seeks to address the plight of Liberian farmers.
It is being supported through the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), with funding from the Italian government.
According to Mr. Perkins the pending meeting will begin early this month with three counties including Bong, Nimba and Grand Bassa.
He explained that the meeting is intended to organize the farmers to attract needed supports from government and its partners.
He also added that it would provide an opportunity for farmers to explain their success stories and constraints in agriculture.
Perkins mentioned that his organization is involved in knowing the challenges of farmers in the country so that they (FUN) can engage central government to address their (farmers’) concerns.
“FUN is working tirelessly to ensure that farmers are organized with a leadership structure to champion their own cause,” Perkins disclosed, adding that the initiative stated last year with several farmers being registered in four counties.
He named the counties as Margibi, Lofa, Gbarpolu and Bomi.
“ These consultations have succeeded to the extent that the farmers are now working as group to improve food production. They have considered it as a best step to move agriculture forward,” he said.
He, however, stated that in many of the places where these meetings where held it was discovered that about 90 percent of Liberian farmers are successful in farming without outside assistance.
“Many of our farmers are working on their own to reduce poverty in their lives as we discovered in their success stories. It is great to hear that through farming many have own properties and support families. This is the major reason that we are encouraging them to take agriculture seriously. We tell them to see farming no longer as subsistence but commercial,” he told this paper.
He continues that his organization is working to create more market opportunities for farmers.
“Limited market is serious problem and so we are linking the farmers with individuals to purchase their produce.