President Pro-Tempore of the Senate Armah Z. Jallah has pledged his commitment to Liberia’s food security initiatives which are undertaken to ensure that Liberians have enough food to eat.
Senator Jallah made the commitment recently when he led a team of friends and family members to harvest rice on his farm in Gbarpolu County.
The Senator and his colleagues in the legislature are on their annual agriculture break from October to the second Monday in January 2016. The break starts in August every year but this year President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf requested the lawmakers to defer their break in order to pass pending bills.
Senator Jallah said he was delighted that many of his Senate colleagues are also farmers, including Senator Sando Johnson of Bong County, Senator Frederick D. Cherue of River Gee County, Senator Oscar Cooper of Margibi and many others.
The rice produced on his farm is distributed to residents of nearby communities, the senator disclosed. More than one hundred and fifty people are currently working on his farm and they also help during the harvesting period, he said.
Food production is paramount, said Senator Jallah and hoped that others, particularly law makers, would prioritize farming activities in their various counties.
He also urged other Liberians to engage in regular farming to support the country in its drive to feed itself.
“We need to cultivate what we eat and eat what we grow. This is the best way to engage in high production,” he said.
Liberia remains a highly food insecure country, with its hunger rating stated as ‘serious’, according to the 2012 Global Hunger Index.
While the country is blessed with a favorable agriculture climate, extensive biodiversity, and vast natural resources, decades of war and low economic and social investments have ravaged Liberia’s productive assets, according to the Index.