The Farmers Union Network of Liberia (FUN) has initiated the establishment of its sub-offices in the country, in order to reach local farmers with all necessary support to enhance agriculture production in the country.
FUN’s initiative is being funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), through the government of Italy.
It is aimed at enhancing the activities of local farmers to improve agriculture.
The National Coordinator of FUN, Reverend Robert Bimba made the disclosure to the Daily Observer on Tuesday in an exclusive interview at his office in Paynesville.
FUN is the umbrella organization of Liberian farmers, working to address all of the critical issues that are hampering the growth of agriculture in Liberia.
According to Rev. Bimba, with support from IFAD, through the Italian government, FUN has begun to setup sub-offices in seven counties.
He said that his organization has opened offices in Lofa, Nimba, Bong and Gbarpolu counties.
Rev. Bimba added that the remaining counties which include, Bomi, Cape Mount and Grand Bassa will soon be opened to farmers, adding that the intent is to extend it in all of the fifteen counties.
He stated that these offices are fully equipped with logistics and furniture to carry out the activities of farmers.
“We have provided motor bikes, laptop computers, office desks and other items for these offices to enhance the works of the farmers.
FUN coordinator further explained that the platform is intended to bring the leaders of farmers’ organizations from the different districts at the county’s office to discuss issues related to farmers, adding “it dignifies the works of Liberian farmers.”
At the same time, Rev. Bimba has underscored the need for commercial banks in the country to extend their services in the rural parts of Liberia.
He said if this is done it will enable local farmers the opportunity to save their income.
“Having farmers leaving Gbarpolu County for an example to transact business in Monrovia is risky for farmers,” he stressed.