Sam Brown’s Plan B: Investment In Agriculture

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Some of rice harvested from Samuel Brown's farm were milled and bagged for distribution to vulnerable people.

One of Nimba County’s defeated candidates for representative in the recent  elections, Samuel N. Brown, is pivoting (turning)  his full attention to agriculture and is urging his friends to follow suit.

Brown contested in Nimba County electoral district #1, but lost narrowly to the incumbent, Representative Jeremiah K. Koung.

Speaking at the harvest of his rice farm in Nimba County recently , Brown said it is time that Liberians get back to the soil to produce their own food and stop the dependency syndrome of relying on other countries.

Brown reminded the citizens, his colleagues, ‘and all those who lost the election’ that Liberia is rich in natural resources, “and the soil is so rich for any crop to be planted.”

He said he cultivated several hectares of rice last year and this year he will be extending or increasing the size of the farm in order to produce more food.

“Let’s get back to the soil and get ourselves self sufficient in food production and stop the importation of rice, which is our staple food,” he said.

“Besides this rice farm, I am also cultivating palm, where several people are working to sustain themselves.”

Despite his loss, Brown continues to fulfill most of his campaign promises in the county.He told reporters that he will support President Weah in all his endeavors in order make the country self reliant in everything, and urged his friends to follow suit.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Good job Mr. Samuel K. Brown for turning your attention from politics to much needed agricultural entrepreneurship. With money, anything is possible in Liberia’s business sector.

    Over the years, I have noticed so many present and some former lawmakers, before entering politics, who were once “broke like church rats” are now owners of large plantations in Liberia. This is no reference to Mr. Samuel K. Brown on how he obtained his wealth.

    How can ordinary Liberians living on a dollar a day afford to purchase large tracts of land for farming; or buy rice seeds; or buy machinery for harvesting his/her rice; or even hiring workers like our current or former lawmakers are doing?

    There are many Liberians who would like to engage in large farming but they don’t have the financial means like Samuel Brown; financial means like some former and current lawmakers who have purchased large agriculture farms.

    How will ordinary Liberians ever become competitive in the Rice production business when government does not offer agriculture incentives like small agriculture loans, or bring in Asian rice experts (Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thais, or Koreans) who are known for growing and harvesting quality rice quickly on large scale?

    Not until our government focuses its attention on domestic food production; focuses on agriculture education; focuses on giving farmers the necessary financial incentives and expertise; and make agriculture one of its pillar to economic development, Liberian will continue to depend on foreigners who monopolize the rice market which is Liberia’s staple food.

    As one anonymous philosopher once said, “The prosperity of a people is proportionate to the number of hands and minds usefully employed.” Liberia is desperately in need of agriculture development….with all hands on deck.

    Good job Mr. Samuel K. Brown.

  2. Congratulations Mr. Brown. You are a good exemplary for the Liberian people
    to follow. Government can not employee all the people in any given country
    in the world. In fact, the powerful people in the United States are the business
    people; especially the farmers.

  3. Congratulations Mr. Brown. You are a good exemplary for the Liberian people
    to follow. Government can not employee all the people in any given country
    in the world. In fact, the powerful people in the United States are the business
    people; especially the farmers.

    Why everything I write you term it a duplicate? That is a black lie!

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