Farmers in Todee Statutory District have begun teaming to form a Cooperative named and styled, “Todee District Farmers’ Multi-purpose Cooperative Society, LTD” (TODEMCUS). The cooperative, according to the group, is aimed at uniting farmers in that part of Liberia.
Providing the goal of the Cooperative to farmers, the Chairman of TODEMCUS Rev. Jerry S. Langley, said the cooperative will help sort out assistance from National and International organizations as well as institutions supporting the agriculture sectors.
The cooperative will also help empower local farmers through capacity building, including training, provision of farming materials and seedlings.
Mr. Langley intimated that the cooperative would have two key agricultural productions—rubber production and vegetable crop production. He said the exercise is intended to help buttress government efforts to grow more food for nation and people.
Mr. Langley further stated that the Cooperative would source support from the World Bank through a grant system where farmers who are full members of the cooperative will be given individual grants to carry out large-scale farming, especially in the rubber production area.
He spoke last Friday at a well attended awareness meeting with farmers in Koon town, Todee District, rural Montserrado County.
Making remarks on behalf of his boss James K. Flomo, the Cooperative Development Agency representative (CDA), Ernest S. Jallah noted that farmers’ groups would be empowered by the World Bank assistance program through the Cooperative Agency. He said the CDA will serve as middle channel to receive direct aid from the World Bank Assistance Program.
Mr. Jallah, however, challenged farmers take seriously the ongoing formation of the Todee District Farmers’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society.
Speaking further, the Policy Consultant at the National Elections Commission of Liberia, Mr. John K. Langley, Sr., thanked the chairman of the Cooperative for the CDA’s farsightedness and admonished farmers to see the cooperative as theirs and be united to achieve its goals.
He encouraged farmers to support the initiative and avert what he described as back-biting, and encourage those ideas that bring about success in the district.
The NEC Policy Consultant noted that Todee District will succeed in food production if farmers in that part of the country can unite and work together.
For his part, the Superintendent of Todee Statutory District, David Johnson, Sr., encouraged farmers to hold together and take seriously the idea of forming a farmers’ cooperative. This would help open doors of support for farmers, including those who lack the capacity to engage in farming.
Mr. Johnson recalled that over the decades, Todee Statutory District has lagged behind in mass agricultural production due to what he termed as the refusal of farmers to team up and engage in large-scale farming.
Mr. Johnson thanked Chairman Langley for the step taken to unite farmers in the district with the purpose of promoting large-scale farming in the area. He assured them of his unflinching support to the cooperative and declared his full membership of the organization.