The Government of Liberia in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED) has launched the Liberia seed, fertilizer and pesticide regulation and the standardized curricula for extension.
The regulation will provide standards for quality seeds, fertilizers and pesticides while the curricula will provide teaching on rice growing, vegetables, cassava, goat as well as proper soil utilization to ensure high yields.
Launching the instrument at USAID FED’s knowledge sharing and handover of extension materials and honoring program held at the Paynesville City Hall Wednesday, Agriculture Minister Dr. Moses Zinnah praised USAID FED for helping to put Liberia on par with other West African countries that are making use of similar regulations.
He pointed out the need for farmers to tap into the new opportunity and see agriculture as a business, particularly making use of the existing and improved value chains.
“The three regulations were presented to the President and underwent a proper examination process for 8 years and are now ready to be used by our farmers,” Minister Zinnah said.
Since the start of USAID FED program in the country, the biggest of its projects has been in four value chains which include rice, cassava, vegetable and goat, spread across six counties and 34 of the country’s 73 districts.
Meanwhile USAID FED’s outgoing Chief of Party (CoP), Agnes Luz, has called on farmers and the Agriculture Ministry to make good use of the curricula which is one of the best in the region.
She lauded the Government of Liberia and its partners for the cooperation accorded her during her four years as CoP and prayed that her successor will be accorded similar support.
“September 2016 will climax U.S President Barrack Obama’s five-year US$75 million Feed the Future Program that started in September 2012,” she said.