Local artisans fabricating four rice threshers

CEO Moonlight Metal works Mr. Benedict Sampson points out features of his works

Local Artisans Commend Africa Rice

Twenty local artisans who are undergoing training by Africa Rice to build modern rice threshers have lauded Africa Rice and partners for empowering them through a 3 week training in fabricating rice threshers.

The training is in collaboration with the Government of Liberia and SAPEC to build modern ASI rice threshers in Liberia as means of reducing the high importation of food.

6 Private Sector Agribusinesses Qualify for USAID Grant

Six private sector agribusinesses have received letters of qualification from the United States Agency for International Development’s LADA Co-Investment Fund to improve their enterprises.

LADA is Liberia Agribusiness Development Agency.
Speaking at the official opening of CIF and LADA Bong County office recently, Madam Watchen Bruce, Agribusiness Private Advisor and Component Two Lead of USAID/LADA, said the six private sector agribusinesses met up with the preliminary criteria for the Co-Investment Fund (CIF) and they are pending verification of their matching fund.

VP Boakai,US Ambassador Christine Elders and others cut the ribbon to the facility

Minister of Agriculture Dr.Moses Zinnah, Madam Watchen Bruce and other authorities

VP Boakai Launches Co-Investment Fund for Farmers

Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has officially launched the Co-Investment Fund (CIF) to buttress farmers’ efforts across the country.

The CIF will help improve agriculture in the country and is a US$3 million grant matching scheme that sets aside 30 percent of its investment for women owned businesses.

At the launching ceremony on Tuesday in Gbarnga, Mr. Boakai also opened the Bong County office of the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) and the Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA).

Minister Moses Zinnah making remarks at the program: “A substantial part of this potential was subjected to illegal fishing by foreign vessels, resulting to an estimated annual revenue loss of about US$12million to the country.”

Participants at the workshop were informed that “more than half of Liberia’s population live along its 570 km coastline and are dependent or partially dependent on fishing as a livelihood.”

Gov’t to Boost Fisheries, Aquaculture Sector

The Minister of Agriculture Dr. Moses Zinnah says the government and partners will improve fisheries and aquaculture sectors to boost the economy.

Speaking at the opening of a two day draft revised fisheries and aquaculture regulations validation workshop yesterday in Monrovia, Dr. Zinnah was confident that investment in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors will improve the livelihood of citizens involved in the trade.

FAO Aquaculture Mr. Vanderknaap and MYS Deputy Minister for Youth Development Gbagonyon with shovels as they officially launched the project in Cape Mount, as beneficiares looked on

Fish Pond for Cape Mount Youth Dedicated

As part of the effort to build the capacity of Liberian youth, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sport (MYS), has built and presented a fishpond to the youth of Grand Cape Mount County.

Martin Vanderknaap, Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer of FAO, and Lance Gbagonyon, Deputy Minister for Youth Development, officially dedicated the fishpond and promised to continue supporting it to ensure the success of the initiative.


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