‘26’ Orator Wants Liberians Engage in “Back Yard Gardens”

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Liberia 186th Independence Day orator, Ambassador Charles A. Minor, has called on Liberians to engage in back yard garden to enable them graduate from the past and build a foundation of growth.
Ambassador Minor made the suggestion when delivered this year’s Independence Day oration in Greenville, Sinoe County, under the theme, “Celebrating Our Community as a Strong Foundation for Accelerated Development.”
Ambassador Minor expressed the hope for a day that Liberia will reduce poverty, when the citizens should eat tomatoes, cabbages, peppers and other vegetables grown in their back yards and or in the nearby gardens rather than eating the imported ones.
He continued that Liberians should be looking for a tomorrow when they will have substantially reduced poverty through the growing of their own backyard gardening.
He said Liberians should look toward a tomorrow when they will import only the raw cotton gin, and perhaps cotton from nearby suppliers to produce yarn to weave, knit and stitch textile materials for the domestic and export markets.”
Ambassador Minor further said Liberians are anticipating a tomorrow when many in the public sector will realize that it is not in that sector where wealth is created so that those genuinely interested in creating wealth can give up their white collar jobs and return to the land to produce our staple rice and other food crops to reduce our dependence on imports and ensure a greater level of food self-sufficiency in the country.
He added it is important for every Liberian to earn a higher standard of living for their labor from tailing the soil.
The orator noted that for tomorrow to be successful, ‘We are today laying the foundation, and a tomorrow when Liberians will work together more effectively and compete seriously with foreign contractors to build our own roads, even to the extent of making them toll roads, thereby reducing the continuous increasing burdens on government, which we all know will never be in the position to meet all the expectations of all our people.”
Mr. Minor said farmers are yet to earn above the poverty threshold, “because of their small land holdings, limited technical know- how, irregular and limited extension services, insufficient high yielding planting materials and marketing advice, you will find it fruitful working together for that is how greater assistance can be obtained.”
To those that are roaming the streets, he admonished them to look forward to a day where they will do something to meaningfully contribute to the success story of the country, because they too have yet to cultivate the skills to attract a remunerative wage paying jobs, offer to become an apprentice and accept a minimum wage today so that tomorrow, they would have acquired some skills to improve their capacity to obtain a decent job.
He urged them to look at the growing building industry, and see the increasing demand for skilled, craftsmen and women who are meaningfully contributing to the building of the society.

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