The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and Sheladia Associates Incorporated on Monday signed a US$495,278 contract to provide architectural engineering consultancy for the rehabilitation of the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) in Suakoko, Bong County.
According to Dr. Moses Zinnah, director of MoA’s Program Management Unit, Sheladia Associates will conduct a field investigation and area mapping and provide detailed architectural engineering design.
Dr. Zinnah explained that Sheladia, will also prepare a binding document, assist with tender evaluation and civil works construction supervision for the rehabilitation of CARI.
He said the report from the consultancy would provide a clear framework for the Government of Liberia and donor partners to support the various phases for the rehabilitation and construction of CARI.
On behalf of Sheladia Associates, Matthew Kane, technical advisor, thanked the MoA for selecting Sheladia to provide consultancy for the rehabilitation and construction of CARI.
He indicated that the project would provide the basic needed information for poverty reduction and food security for the people of Liberia.
Mr. Kane stressed Sheladia’s commitment to high quality outcomes at each stage of the project, including reviewing the existing conditions of the facilities, surveying the sites to develop building designs and monitoring the construction of the facilities.
For his part, Dr. Sizi Subah, Deputy Minister for Technical Services reaffirmed the MoA’s commitment to rehabilitate and construct the CARI which is critical to the development of the agriculture sector.
Mr. Jackson Paye, Deputy Minister for Rural Development and Community Services at the Ministry of Public Works, said his Ministry which is responsible for infrastructural development, is working with the Ministry of Agriculture to develop and rehabilitate farm-to- market roads in rural Liberia.
USAID-Liberia Economic Officer, Ms. Caroline Dow, stressed the importance of research to agriculture, stating that, “You cannot fully succeed in developing the agricultural sector in the absence of a vibrant research institution.”