The County Agriculture Coordinator (CAC) of Nimba, N. Samuel Kehleay, has said that the lack of coordination on the part of some partners in the agricultural sector poses problems to food production in the county.
He said some projects carried out in the past few years in Nimba County by partners did not make the necessary impact.
Kehleay made the disclosure to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview recently in Doumpa town, Nimba County during the dedication of three rice business hubs for local farmers.
The facilities were initiated by USAID Food and Enterprise Development Program for Liberia.
Kehleay said modern farming equipment donated by partners to some farmer organizations in the county are found to be in deplorable conditions.
He attributed the problem to the lack of proper selection of farming organizations to benefit agricultural programs, stating that the equipment was not properly maintained.
“We need to set up special criteria in identifying farmers’ organizations that will benefit from agricultural programs, if we are going to enhance food production in the county,” Kehleay suggested.
He said farmers must be taught how to maintain the power tillers and different types of agriculture equipment to improve their level of productivity.
“This also requires that responsible leadership be put in place to ensure that these properties are properly taken care of,” he added.
Kealeay further said all farm inputs (machines) in the county must be monitored by the MoA’s sub-office for proper accountability.
“When our office is informed about the contributions of partners to the various farming organizations, it should be our responsibility to ensure proper monitoring,” he said.
The Nimba county CAC disclosed two tractors were given the county by government to enhance the works of farmers.
He said that the tractor was in the county to expand the projects of farming organizations at a minimum cost.
At the same time, Kehleay has said limited number of extension workers in Nimba County is a constraint for his office.
He said there are an increasing number of farmers in need of technical assistance.