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Lofa Farmers Sell 45 Metric Tons Of Rice To WFP
By Ballah M. Kollie, LINA
MONROVIA, July 9 (LINA) –Farmers in Lofa County raised US$40,000 early this year from the sale of 45 metric tons of rice to the World Food Program (WFP), the Head of the Agriculture Infrastructure Investment Corporation (AIIC), Mohammed Kamara, has said.
He added that the money was raised between February and April through the help of the USAID Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED) as support to the farmers.
Kamara revealed that WFP distributed the rice to Ebola-affected communities throughout Liberia.
In an interview with the Liberia News Agency in Lofa County recently, Kamara noted that 45 other farmers developed 20 hectares of upland rice, utilizing certified seed provided by USAID FED in 2014.
He described the USAID FED intervention as a “catalyst of change” from traditional to more modern forms of farming that is helping them generate more income and increase the availability of processed rice in communities in Lofa County.
Kamara noted that despite the lack of commercial rice farming in Liberia, USAID FED has collaborated with AIIC in establishing a rice business hub in Quadu Gboni District in Lofa County in support of the country’s food security drive.
“That program has increased farmers revenue generation in the area,” he added
Meanwhile, USAID FED has established three rice processing centers in support of farmers intending to increase the availability of clean processed rice for people living in that part of the country and its environs.
The U.S.-funded program is also providing farmers with various types of processing tools and equipment, including par boiler, thrasher, rice mill and a de-stoner, among others.
USAID FED anticipates constructing 10 business hubs in 2015 with a promise of provide all of its establishment’s technical assistance, Kamara said.