At least 49 youth will receive from United States Agency for International Development Food and Enterprise Development (USAID-FED) US$149,000 mechanized transportation equipment support.
The distribution of the mechanized transportation equipment will be done by the USAID FED in collaboration with the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture in Suakoko, Bong County.
USAID FED identified the 49 interested youth in Montserrado, Margibi, Bong, Nimba, and Grand Bassa counties who are currently engaged into some form of transport activities to start a new business that will provide fee based transportation in the rice and cassava value chain.
USAID FED will also provide training on business management and help these youth enterprises access loans to improve their businesses.
In addition, the 49 youth (20 in rice value chain and 29 in cassava) will bear the cost to meet the operational and maintenance costs as well as pay 50% as part of their cost share arrangement.
The 3 wheel tuk-tuks will be distributed to the following Counties: 9 in Montserrado, 10 in Lofa, 10 in Bong, 10 in Grand Bassa and 10 in Margibi.
The tuk-tuks have a capacity to carry 1,500 kilograms when fully loaded. Each youth will also receive a tool kit, helmet and other accessories to maintain the tuk-tuks.
“This initiative aims at creating employment opportunities for youth in Liberia’s agriculture sector and to promote sustainable provision of mechanized services for transporting cassava and rice from the farm gate to the market to be sold,” a release from USAID FED stated.