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Envoy Assesses Australia-Funded Agric Projects In Bong
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, July 7 (LINA) - Australian Ambassador to Liberia Joanna Adamson Tuesday ended a one-day working visit to Bong County to assess an Australian-funded agriculture projects.
The visit was also part of efforts by Ambassador Adamson to help improve the production and marketing of fresh vegetables, fruits and spices in Central Liberia.
She said the Australian Government has provided over US$45,000 to construct a “Farmer Support Center” and two demonstration farms in the county to provide training for Liberian farmers and agriculture extension staff in contemporary farming methods.
“Agriculture was a very important industry for Australia as it is in Liberia; we know the importance of developing new farming methods to get the most out of our land; we hope that through training and the demonstration of plots, farmers will see they have grater options in farming methods,” Adamson noted.
Ambassador Adamson said the project is funded through the Direct Aid Program of the Australian High Commission in Ghana and is managed by “Volunteers to Support International Efforts in Developing Africa” (VOSIDA).
She disclosed that Australia has also provided a grant of US$46.5 million to Liberia to implement the Smallholder Agriculture Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization Project under the Global Agriculture Food Security Program.
She pointed out that the project aims to increase the incomes of smallholder farmers, particularly women and youth, through sustainable land expansion and land improvement.