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USAID FED, MoA Distribute US$147k Tuk Tuks To Farmers
MONROVIA, September 23 (LINA) -The USAID Food and Enterprise Development Program (USAID FED) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) have distributed 49 three-wheel motorbikes known as Tuk Tuk to Liberian youth entrepreneurs.
The tuk tuk is a modern form of agricultural transportation that has the capacity to carry 1,500 kilograms of load when fully loaded.
The consignment is worth US$147,000.
According to a USAID FED press release, the machines were acquired under a 50 percent (50%) cost share arrangement to be borne by the youth.
At a recent program in Suakoko, Bong County, FED noted that the initiative is aimed at creating employment opportunities for youth in Liberia’s agriculture sector.
It is also intended to promote sustainable provision of mechanized services for transporting cassava and rice from the farm gate to the market to be sold.
Nine youths from Montserrado, 10 from Lofa, 10 Bong, Grand Bassa 10 and 10 from Margibi will each received the tuk tuk with a tool kit, helmet and other accessories to maintain them.
Additionally, the 49 youth, 20 of whom are engaged in rice value chain and 29 in cassava production, will bear the cost of meeting the operational and maintenance costs as well as pay 50% of the cost of the machine as part of their cost share arrangement.
The exercise follows a labor market assessment conducted in 2012 by the USAID Advancing Youth Project (AYP) which identified the informal economy in Liberia is a significant source of employment opportunities for young people.
The USAID FED Liberia Program aims to reduce hunger and promote food security for Liberians through increased agricultural productivity and profitability in rice, cassava, vegetables and goat value chains and is being implemented in Bong, Nimba, Lofa, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado Counties, the release added.