The County Agriculture Coordinator (CAC) of Grand Bassa County, Joyce Kolvah, has disclosed that most subsistence farmers in her county have become vulnerable to climate change.
She made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer newspaper recently in Buchanan City.
According to Madam Kolvah, climate change is a serious problem leaving farmers vulnerable in Grand Bassa County.
“Climate change is a serious problem for farmers in Grand Bassa County. Even this January, the county is still experiencing constant rainfall causing flooding in the fields of vegetable farmers. Our rice farmers, who are in the uplands cannot burn their farms.
She said that most farmers are still accustomed to the traditional upland farming methods in her county, making it difficult for them to succeed in agriculture.
She disclosed that last year she noticed almost 36 farmers could not burn their farms to start the process of growing fresh crops.
“This year it is raining more often, which could make the lives of farmers very difficult. They may not be able to succeed in farming to feed their families,” she reiterated.
She said because of the effects of climate change, she is encouraging farmers in the county to prioritize lowland farming.
However, Madam Kolvah stated that farmers are yet to grasp the concept of moving to the swamp for crop production.
“Our farmers are so use to the uplands that they are not willing to move to the lowlands. We are asking them to compare the yield of their production from the lowland to that of the upland in the hoped they can learn a lesson.
She said if the issue of climate change in the county is not fully addressed food production would remain scarce.
Madam Kolvah also explained to the Daily Observer that she established a demonstration site at the county’s office to train farmers.
The country specific report released on climate change in April, 2013, by the United States Forest Service (USFS) states that the major challenge in addressing climate change is how to improve the conditions of rural subsistence farmers whose livelihood squarely depend on agriculture.
It furthers that the opportunity for Liberian farmers to rebuild their lives after the protractive civil crisis is to become resilient in the face of climate change.
Lofa, Bong, Bomi, Cape Mount and other counties were named in the report as places where farmers are vulnerable to the effects of climate change.