As Liberia’s borders with neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone remain closed due to Ebola, the Superintendent of Bomi County, Samuel F. Brown, has called on the citizens of his county to continue their regular farming activities in order to ensure that the county has enough food for local consumption.
After a weeklong tour of several villages and towns, Superintendent Brown commended the farmers for increasing the production of basic foods, especially vegetables and cassava, despite the Ebola virus disease.
He encouraged the farmers across the county to return to their regular farming activities to help increase the production of vegetables for the Liberian people. The people of Bomi have the ability to produce more vegetables, and they have proven that during the Ebola outbreak when the border with Sierra Leone was closed, he said.
“We no longer have vegetables coming from the various border countries to supply our markets as experienced in the past. But we still have vegetables in the markets for all of us to eat because our farmers continue to be hard working and productive,” Mr. Brown said.
We have shown that our farmers can grow more vegetables in Bomi and all they need is to be empowered.
“I would like all of us to go into farming activities and to continue to keep vegetables permanently on the Liberian market,” the Bomi Superintendent stressed.
Mr. Brown called on the farmers to disengage from other activities that would undermine farming and remain focused on the production of food for the county.
The Superintendent who completed his tour last week Wednesday after visiting several towns and villages in Dewein area, including Bowein, Beh and Yamah Towns, was accompanied by representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, PLAN Liberia International and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
He said he was impressed with the county’s fight against Ebola.
Four key messages highlighted during his tour were the fight against Ebola, avoiding issues of election violence, engaging in regular farming activities and cleaning the towns and villages for the festive season.
Speaking on behalf of one of the villages, Julius V. Sannoh appealed to the Superintendent to help empower the farmers with materials and equipment that would help to increase the production of food.
According to Mr. Sannoh, some of the houses in the villages are currently empty because they had been marked for having been occupied by Ebola victims. The townsfolk called on the Superintendent and partners to help ensure that care, including education and livelihood, is provided for their Ebola orphans.
One of the large towns, Beh Town, also called on the Superintendent and partners to help in building a high school and to provide network connections to make them feel that they are a part of the world.