The administration of the Liberia International Christian College (LICC), located in Ganta, the commercial hub of Nimba County, has introduced a new agriculture course known as “Food Preservation and Processing.” The introduction of the course is reportedly gaining momentum as students express enthusiasm to learn the required skills.
Some students interviewed recently on their campus in the outskirts of Sanniquellie shared their impressions about the new course, but stressed the need for better markets and job opportunities when they leave the walls of LICC.
“We are learning how to prepare and process all kinds of food stuffs,” Augustine Dahn, a student representative, said.
By the introduction of the course, students will now process all kinds of jams and chocolates applying 70 percent mixture of cocoa and 10 percent sugar.
Shortly after the course was introduced, students began processing several kinds of foodstuffs, including jam made from pineapple, banana and other fruits.
“We can process any kind of food as one may think, but we do not have the materials or the required bottles that will preserve the food items for the needed time,” one of the students said.
LICC’s Agriculture Department has about 70 students across several demonstration sites, where students do regular practical learning.
Its campus has some categories of wildlife or endangered species, which form part of the study, with emphasis on conservation.
“We started demonstrating agriculture here, and now we intend to improve the process to demonstrate profitable agriculture,” Bill Sebald, Director of the Agriculture Department, said.