Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh
Agriculture Vital For Recovery, Says Finance Minister
By Calvin Brooks, LINA
MONROVIA, May 7 (LINA) - Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh has stressed that the agriculture sector is vital to the recovery of the Liberian economy.
He emphasized that the sector is the mainstay of the Liberian economy, and disclosed that between 2008 and 2010, the nation experienced significant growth in the agriculture sector demonstrated by the increase in yields from the sector.
The Finance minister made the statement Thursday at the launch of “Grow”, which is the facilitation of support to the development of markets and value chains in agriculture held at the Monrovia City Hall.
He indicated that since 2011, the output of the agriculture sector has declined from six to two percent, while in 2014 it declined further by about one percent as a result of the Ebola crisis. This, he noted, is not good for Liberia which is an import-intensive nation.
He challenged Liberians to grow more food domestically in order to revamp the agriculture sector.
Minister Konneh emphasized that government ministries and agencies should reduce unnecessary bureaucracies associated with the lack of development in the agriculture sector and enhance public and private partnership to strengthen agriculture in Liberia.