Promises rice mill
An American based non–governmental organization, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) in collaboration with the Liberia Agribusiness Development Agency (LADA), on March 30, donated a brand new tractor to the Kpodo Multipurpose Cooperative in Zayglay Town in Nimba County.
The donation is part of the US Government’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, “Feed the Future.”
In January this year, the CNFA/LADA donated farm tractor to the Dokodan Farmer Cooperative in Gbedin in Nimba County at the same time, provided assistance to the Gbehlay Geh Women Farmer Group.
CNFA/LADA Nimba County Coordinator Thomas Gayeplu, said the cooperative has been working with Kpodo since 2016, training farmers in business management, post harvest handling and agro imports.
Gayeplu said based on the activities of Kpodo, the two entities decided to donate tractor to enhance farmers’ capacity to produce more food.
CNFA/LADA is operate as agro leaders, (providers of chemical, seeds, fertilizers, tools etc), Cooperative; processors, producers and local farmers.
Core Investment Fund Manager, Victor Ngorbu, underscored the important role women played in agricultural development, because they do nearly all the farming work, including weeding and harvesting.
Ngorbu disclosed how the CNFA/LADA received US$20 million grant from the US Government to support rice, cocoa, cassava, vegetable and processors in Bong, Lofa, Montserrado and Nimba Counties.
“In Nimba County,” he said, “the organization is working with the Kpodo, Dokodan and Gbehlay Geh Women group respectively.”
“Today, we are handing over farm tractor to the Kpodo to cultivate about 87 hectares of land for food production,” Ngorbu said.
He said that CNFA/LADA early this year provided 80kva generator to the rice mill and also provided power tiller to the group at the cost of US$18,000.
The farmers expressed gratitude to United States Agency for International Development and to the American people for their commitment to improve the cooperative.
The Chairperson, Peter Sakpedeh, expressed gratitude on behalf of the group for the two items donated, which he said have empowered them for several years.
The ceremony was attended by local government officials, including Bahn City Mayor, Zoe Gbar Administrative District Commissioner, clan chiefs and officers of the Liberia National Police assigned in the area.
She said Kpodo Multipurpose Cooperative, founded in 1981, has since that time remained one of the county’s food baskets. It was vibrant and had received lots of help from other organizations in food production, but one of their problems, according to Mr. Sakpedeh, is lack of basic management/business skill for the leaders.