Independent presidential aspirant Samuel Wonwi Thompson said agriculture will be a priority of his administration if elected as President in October’s presidential and legislative elections.
He made the statement recently at his residence in Congo Town, when he announced his candidacy and called on Liberians to register to vote.
“Since I returned to Liberia in 2003, I have worked to empower several farmers’ cooperatives in Bong, Nimba and Margibi counties. These farmers’ capacities could be further strengthened if our efforts were consolidated by the Ministry of Agriculture,” he said.
Thompson serves as a consultant to the MoA on the Liberia Agriculture Transformation Agenda (LATA). He has worked with the MoA to develop strategic plans for tree crops, livestock and poultry.
“We call on the government to begin to minimize the importation of rice and provide more subsidies to farmers to help them grow more rice for the country.
“Farmers must be provided with loans to prepare lands and improve irrigation structures to increase yield,” he said.
He stated that commercial farming of oil palm, rice and cocoa should enable Liberians to own between 60-70 percent of land developed with strong support from foreign investors and the government.