A local farmers’ organization in Weala, Margibi County has launched an SOS call to the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and non-governmental organizations working in the agriculture sector to render them support toward the improvement of their agriculture project.
The farmers have cultivated 45 acres of land with rice on a farmland that is a 5-minute walk away from the main town.
Mr. Henry Bedell, 47, is the head of Grow What You Eat farming group in Weala.
Bedell told the Daily Observer’s farmer desk that the initiative is meant to increase the production of food in Margibi County.
“We are determined to ensure that our county becomes self-sufficient in the production of food. But this effort of ours can become more viable if we are supported,” he stated.
He said that the project was a new one and they were encouraging residents of the community to join them to stage the project.
“We are working harder to graduate from subsistence farming to commercialization,” he added.
Bedell stated that they are lacking of basic farming implements such as fertilizer, tools and others.
“We also want government to assist us with loan to enable us extend our farm,” he added
He, however, expressed his disappointment that many community members found it difficult to join the organization due to lack of funding to improve the farm.
“If we get more supports from government we will mobilize the citizens so that we can produce more food for the county,” he reiterated.