A young female entrepreneur who specializes in the production of cocoa in Lofa County has called on the government to support Liberians interested in agriculture, most especially in cocoa farming.
Patience Koenig, made the assertions at the recent launch of the Business Startup Center (BSC) 2017 Entrepreneurs Idol Business Plan Competition held in Monrovia.
Koenig said cocoa, being one of Liberia’s major cash crops, needs support to play a significant role in the growth and development of the country’s economy.
Patience Koenig is the CEO and founder of the PK’s Organic Cocoa Manufacturing Company based in Voinjama, Lofa County. She specializes in the production of cocoa lotion, chocolate, and laundry soap. The group, she said, was established in 2016 with the aim of producing affordable and quality cocoa products for low income earners.
“Since we established the entity, we have acquired about 26 acres of cocoa farmland in Lofa County from where we are currently producing just small quantities,” she said.
“I was motivated by the experience of my late father, a cocoa farmer, to find a solution to this problem as young as I am. So I decided to establish PK’s Cocoa Manufacturing Company a year ago.”
She recalled how in West Africa, Liberia ranks low among the cocoa producing countries; and as such, Koenig stressed the importance her initiative that will eventually put the country on par with other cocoa producing West African countries.
‘‘When I first took up this initiative shortly after my father died, others in the community said it was too early to get involved in such a farming activity, but I mustered the courage and since then, it has been my passion,’’ she said.
Since she established the company, Koenig said the management has been producing cocoa products of different kinds that are currently on the local market.
The group is currently seeking the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, “and any farming-related institution to help step up our production.”