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LADA Begins Agribusiness Training In Bong
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, June 21 (LINA) - The Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture has started a week-long training for Agro-dealers in management and the use of agro-inputs in Gbarnga.

Speaking at the official opening of the training Monday, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture and Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity Private Sector Advisor, Mrs. Watchen Harris Bruce, said LADA is a US$19.3 million USAID/ Feed the Future activity.

Mrs. Bruce said the LADA will be implemented for five years in the Feed the Future counties of Bong, Nimba, Lofa and Montserrado with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

She explained that the goal of LADA is to increase private sector investment in the Liberian agribusiness sector, noting that this will be done in three components.

She said the activity will also focus on several cross-cutting issues, including Gender, Access to Finance, Environment as well as Monitoring and Evaluation.

In remarks, two Assistant ministers from the Ministry of Agriculture, Patrick T. Worzie, Assistant Minister for Planning and Development and Paul Jallah, Assistant Minister for Extension, commended USAID for its continued support to the agriculture sector through different institutions.

Ministers Worzie and Jallah described the training as vital for the agriculture sector and challenged the participants to take advantage of it and ensure that knowledge acquired is used to avoid errors in the management system.

According to LADA Communication Specialist, Amanda Hill, the organization was launched on April 13 and implementation of the activity is underway.

Several scientists from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) are facilitating the training which is expected to end on Thursday with Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in attendance.
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