Grand Gedeh County Superintendent Peter L. Solo
Gedeh Supt. Solo Appeals For HANDS Extension
By Chris Nyenapee, LINA Grand Gedeh County Correspondent
ZWEDRU, June 10 (LINA) - Grand Gedeh County Superintendent Peter L. Solo is appealing to USAID to extend the Health, Agriculture, Nutrition, Development and Sanitation (HANDS) project to enable farmers gain more exposure.
He said the HANDS farmers’ field day for public attention on food production will strengthen and increase the farmers’ experience in the use of modern methods for mass food production in specialized areas, using the knowledge gained.
The farmers’ field day, which was graced by the leaderships of River Gee and Grand Gedeh counties, and led by Superintendent Solo, also brought together development superintendents from both counties due to its significance as a bread basket.
At the ceremony, where 69 members of the farmers’ associations were certificated, Solo explained that the project will bring back past glories in stepping up food production in the region.
Forty-one of the participants came from Grand Gedeh and 28 from River Gee, while other individuals, described as champion farmers for their dedicated service and accomplishments in the field of agriculture, were featured.
The program was possible through training assistance and motivation in diversified agriculture conducted by HANDS, according to its project manager Jonathan Enders.
The farmers fair showcased food production in the area of vegetables, including cassava, plantain, eddoes, potatoes, pepper, bitter balls, egg plants, coconuts, soya beans as well as fish, with farmers’ associations from Grand Gedeh and River Gee counties.
Meanwhile, HANDS chief of party Steven Loegering later told LINA at the end of the indoor program that the field day was intended to highlight achievements and gains made through agriculture as OICI/HAMDS scales down operation for full closure of the project at the end of 2015.