Farmers Union Network of Liberia (FUN) has expressed graved concern over the manner in which agriculture projects are being carried out by government and partners in the South-eastern part of Liberia.
The Union has therefore disclosed plans to engage the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and partners in addressing the challenges of food production in that part of the country.
The National Coordinator of FUN, Reverend Robert Bimba, made the disclosure to the Daily Observer recently in an exclusive interview at his office in Paynesville.
FUN is the umbrella organization of Liberian farmers that seeks to address all of the critical issues confronting agriculture in the country.
Studies have shown that the South-east is one of the places of Liberia that is considered food insecure.
Speaking to this paper on Wednesday, Rev. Bimba said serious challenges still remain toward the production of food in the South-east.
“We have observed that the implementation of agriculture projects in the South-east does not seem to be yielding its desired results. Farmlands that have been laid out by government and its partners are being abandoned by local farmers. It could be that these projects are lacking sustainability. It is a serious problem we are calling the MoA’s attention to,” he stated.
He said that sustainable measures such as identifying potential farmers and providing adequate support were very critical to the enhancement of food production.
“What is important, based on our assessment, is that the sustainability component is lacking with some of these interventions aimed at improving agriculture in that part of the country,” he said.
The FUN coordinator did not, however, make mention of the specific agriculture project being carried out in the South-east.
“We are still investigating all of our findings to make sure the facts are established so we can have a better understanding of the matter. This is necessary to help us find the way forward in enhancing food security in the South-east,” he concluded.
The Farmers Union concerns come after the completion of a recent farmers’ consultation held in River-Gee, Maryland, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru and Sinoe Counties respectively.
The meeting was intended to organize the farmers in order to attract the needed support from government and its partners.