Agriculture Minister, Dr. Florence Chenoweth
SAPEC Holds Workshop For Bassa Farmers
By Johnson Liway, LINA Grand Bassa Correspondent
BUCHANAN, April 30 (LINA) – The Ministry of Agriculture Wednesday convened a one-day workshop on Smallholder Agricultural Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization (SAPEC) for farmers in Grand Bassa County.
Giving an overview of SAPEC, Project Coordinator William Kawalawu told farmers that the project is a development undertaking intended to promote agriculture as a business because most farmers do subsistence farming.
He explained that the project will engage farmers to produce to meet food demand and have surplus for the market and generate income to support other household needs.
The SAPEC official said it is also intended to reduce poverty, increase food security and income for small farmers and rural entrepreneurs, including women, youths and the physically challenged.
He said budget for this project is US$54.4 million, with US$46.5m coming from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program as a grant, while US$6.4 is a loan from the African Development Fund and US$1.5 million from the Liberian government as a contribution.
According to the Liberia News Agency, Buchanan Mayor Julia Bono welcomed the participants and admonished them to capitalize on the relevance of the workshop to gain requisite knowledge.