By Edward Stemn, Maryland County
Maryland District #1 Representative P. Mike Jurry has donated a new cassava-processing mill to farmers of New Harper community in Harper Maryland County.
The presentation came following a request by the beneficiaries that they were involved in cassava production but were finding it difficult to add values to the product due to the lack of a machine that will process the cassava. From the cassava, farmers get gari, processed cassava that can be mixed with sugar and other supplements to eat either by soaking, or other means of preparation.
Representative Jurry said women from the New Harper Community visited his home in February this year and made the request, explaining the losses they encounter every year after harvesting their cassava in the absence of milling machine.
This donation is also my own way of identifying with you as people of my district. There are more that we intend to bring to this district,” said Rep. Jurry.
He added that the machine would help the women in their endeavor as farmers to be empowered and produce more cassava.
He then encouraged the women who are by occupation farmers to unite and focus on farming through which they sustain themselves.
“I have visited the site, and during my visit I realized that you can do more if only you are empower and motivated,” the Representative said.
“Please be strong and encourage you colleagues to join you, most especially those ones that don’t have anything to survive on by; for what I saw, I believe that you can make a difference and other farmers can follow suit,” he told the women.
At the same time, the Harper District Representative said venturing in community initiative is his passion and he believes that when people are given the space to work and be empowered, they can make significant changes through agriculture.
Rep. Jurry then reminded the people of the community to make use of the virgin land to carry out agricultural activities for self-sustainability.
For community chairperson Prince Harding, he commended the lawmaker for the gesture and said the machine will hugely influence the lives of the farmers.
The chairperson also called on other lawmakers of the county and humanitarians to emulate the good example of Representative Jurry. Dorothy Walker a resident of the community commended the lawmaker on behalf and said, “Our people are happy and very excited for your quick intervention, and we promised to use this machine for the reason it was donated.