After 12 years of dormancy, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has announced the holding of a National Agricultural Fair schedule for February 12 to the 14th 2021 at the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) in Suakoko, Bong County.
The MoA is planning and executing the Fair in collaboration with the Ministries of Internal Affairs, State for Presidential Affairs, as well as Gender, Children and Social Protection along with the Cooperative Development Agency.
Agriculture Minister Jeanine Milly Cooper addressing journalists yesterday on the importance of the fair in Congo Town, Monrovia, named Deputy Agriculture Minister for Administration, Precious Tetteh, to lead the coordination and planning of the Fair.
“Investing in Agriculture for Prosperity & Development is the theme for this year’s fair as agricultural development is an essential component in current five-year national development agenda, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD),” Minister Cooper said.
She said that President George M. Weah places enormous importance on driving Liberia’s agriculture sector as a major engine for growth and as such, he will interact with farmers and stakeholders at the Fair to work out means of moving the sector forward.
“Taking Stock of What We Have” is one of the goals of Minister Cooper to transform the agriculture sector.
She said that the Fair will be an excellent forum to assess the food and tree crops grown in Liberia; there will be competition among counties on their locally grown products and prizes awarded.
“Additionally, Liberian agribusinesses will also showcase their plant-based products –food, drinks and cosmetics –locally produced and are being exported,” she added.
“Farmers, agro-processors, agriculture concessionaires, development partners, financial institutions and agro value chain producers will also attend the fair,” said Minister Cooper.
According to Minister Cooper, the NAF is also a platform for the government and partners to announce new initiatives, new projects and investments in the sector and celebrate the successes of past initiatives and provide insights on major policy decisions for agriculture.
Entirely planned and executed by United Nations agencies and international partners, the last Fair was held in 2008 in Tubmanburg City, Bomi County, 70 km west of the Liberian capital, Monrovia.
Liberia’s Agriculture Law enacted in the 1970s, mandates the MoA to hold an annual National Agricultural Fair to showcase agriculture produce grown in the country.