The Fair Labour Farmers Union in District #2 Zuezohn clan in Grand Bassa County says poor farm to market road is one of the major challenges affecting their its productivity.
The farmers believe that an improved road network will improve their chances of making a better impact through the sale of their produce and to increase their productivity.
In an interview with Observer Farmer in Zuezohn Clan, Grand Bassa County over the weekend, General Secretary Moses Diggs expressed their willingness to contribute significantly to the back to the soil program which aims to increase productivity.
The objective, he said is to help reduce the huge importation of rice to Liberia. The farmers have cultivated rice on 60 acres of land, along with vegetables and cassava.
He called on the Government of Liberia to ensure the rehabilitation of the road network and international partners to provide other necessary support to the farmers.
Diggs said farmers walk about two hours to get to their farms in Zuezohn Clan due to bad roads.
“As community dwellers we came together and started these farms with L$200,000 and have grown food but due to the terrible road network and the lack of storage facilities most our produce spoil,” he said.
He added “Due to the huge quantity of produce we lost to the bad road, it makes it very difficult for us because we are unable to repay the L$85,000 that we borrowed from clubs and individuals to grow more food this season.”
Mr. Diggs said the Union has been appealing for assistance for the past one year without success.
Mr. Alexander Goaye, head of the Fair Labour Farmers Union, said they have plans to expand their production to grow cocoa and also raise goats and sheep.