Bunadin Women’s Organization and the Dordealah Farmers Organization
Women Groups To Harvest Improved Rice Variety In Nimba
MONROVIA, October 29 (LINA) -Two women-led farmers organizations will this weekend launch the first harvests of improved rice varieties being developed with the support of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture.
They are the Bunadin Women’s Organization and the Dordealah Farmers Organization based in Nimba County.
The Bunadin Women’s Organization comprises 99% of women who are involved in the cultivation of eight hectares of lowland with the improved rice variety known as NERICA L-19 or New Rice for Africa.
According to a press release, the effort is being funded under the United Nations Trust Fund Project that integrates agriculture productivity with peace-building and enhanced understanding among farmers and community residents along the Ivorian-Liberian border.
The Dordealah Farmers Organization of Tundin Community, for its part, consists of 95% women working on the development of 1.5 (one and half) hectares of lowland planted with NERICA L-19.
The project is funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation under its Ebola recovery program for rural dwellers.
The Swiss Development Cooperation is funding the post-Ebola livelihood recovery through women associations’ food and income security empowerment project to assist 200 women groups in Lofa, Nimba, and Bong counties.
About 70% of the direct beneficiaries come from the most affected communities in Lofa and Bong, while 30% of the direct beneficiaries are mostly people from Nimba County.
Meanwhile, the FAO Representative in Liberia, Mr. Marc Abdala, has expressed satisfaction over the achievement.
“The launch of first harvests by the two women groups is good news but what is more significant is the added value of replicating the improved varieties, best practice approaches and the desire of the groups to make the effort sustainable,” he added.
The NERICA-L19 rice variety is better than the other varieties of rice previously used by farmers because it has genetic characteristics that are beneficial to lowland producers, specifically.
It has short development duration (about 100 days), disease resistant, high yielding, good palatability, contains high protein content (25%) which is extra protein, contributes to improved health by substituting costlier protein sources, and it enhances mental development of youth, etc.