The United States Agency for International Development/Food and Enterprise Development (USAID/FED) on Monday, October 27, dedicated a modern cold storage facility at Rosna Services Incorporated – a Liberian owned company that caters to ArcelorMittal Liberia.
The storage, said one official, will help preserve the produce of local farmers engaged in vegetable farming.
The 20 foot cold storage facility will store all vegetable products that the farmers intend to sell to Rosna Services Incorporated. It is meant to encourage the farmers to increase their production because the storage will by preserving their produce, create the market for them.
“Through the support of USAID/FED, Rosna is able to own this low cost tech cold chain system,” said USAID Deputy Chief of Party, Boima Bafaia.
He said with the installed facility, Rosna Services Incorporated will now store fresh vegetables sourced from local farmers, and thus have fewer post harvest losses they used to sustain due to the lack of a cold storage facility.
Local farmers that were involved in vegetable production have often complained of the lack of access to markets to sell their products. Because of that, most farmers preferred cultivating cash crops such as rubber, cocoa, coffee and kola.
Bill Quinbiah, lead farmer in Yekepa where the cold storage is located, praised the USAID/FED for the facility and their support to farmers in the county.
He called on his fellow farmers to stay focused and produce more vegetables. He also asked the USAID/FED to provide high value vegetable seeds to boost farmers’ productions.
USAID/FED has been assisting local farmers since 2012, providing materials as well as building their skills to enhance their productivity.
USAID/FED is opening most of the feeder roads in Nimba County to enable farmers to reach the markets with their goods.
Meanwhile, the proprietor of Rosna Services Inc., Ms Hannah M. Blackett, praised the American government for the assistance to the people of Liberia through the provision of numerous kinds of support to farmers.