— Showcasing the sector’s potential and challenges
The Agriculture sub-sectors of Liberia, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and other stakeholders, have organized a ‘Green Day’ event to showcase various agricultural products. This event, which will be held in Monrovia, is part of the inauguration activities for President-elect Joseph Nyumah Boakai and Vice President-elect Jeremiah Kpan Koung.
Over 100 farmers and agri-businesses from across the country are anticipated to participate in the program. Taking place from January 20-22, 2024, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia, the event will be attended by government officials, international partners, and the general public, organizers of the event told the Daily Observer.
The primary objective of this program, they said, is to highlight both the challenges and progress within the agricultural sector, with the hope of garnering long-term support from the government and the international community.
Additionally, the Green Day event aims to honor President-elect Boakai, who is also a farmer.
The National Steering Committee for the Inauguration of the President-elect and the Vice-President-elect has approved the implementation of the event.
The idea for the Green Day program was initiated in December 2023, following a visit by representatives from various sub-sectors and the Liberian Business Association to the President-elect during his birthday celebration in November.
Boakai has expressed his commitment to prioritizing agriculture during his administration.
The Green Day event is expected to commence with a parade through the major streets of Monrovia, culminating at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS), where the product showcase will take place.
Joseph Morris, chairman of the Green Day event organizing committee, expressed gratitude that agriculture is a priority for the new government. He believes that the event will not only demonstrate the progress achieved within the sector but also shed light on the existing challenges.
It is the committee's hope that showcasing their products will inspire the president-elect to place further emphasis on agriculture as a means to stimulate economic growth.