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MOA Trains Agriculture Technicians
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MOA Trains Agriculture Technicians
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, June 30 (LINA) - The Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Africa Rice has commenced a three-week training of machinery fabricators and artisans on fabrication of ASI Threshers in Gbarnga, Bong County.

According to the Director General of the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI), Dr. Walter Wiles, the exercise is intended to build the capacity of artisans from around Liberia on the fabrication of modern ASI rice threshers and other agricultural machines.

Speaking to the Liberia News Agency following the opening of the training recently, Dr. Wiles praised the effort to train artisans in the various counties of Liberia and admonished the participants to attach importance to the training exercise.

Dr. Wiles explained that until Liberian farmers and other segments of the agricultural workforce are adequately trained on how to use modern farming technology, the country will continue to depend on the importation of rice to feed its people.

He said Liberia can no longer depend on using hoes and cutlasses to feed itself, noting that mechanized farming is a major solution to the food problem in the country.

Dr. Wiles explained that participants at the training are also being taught essential land preparation for farming and how farmers can work together as a team to expand their capacity to produce more from their farming activities.

Also speaking to LINA, Africa Rice Country Representative Innousa Akintayo said the training is the first of its kind in Liberia as artisans are being motivated to engage in the production of agricultural machines to help farmers make their work easy.

Dr. Akintayo said on several occasions, imported agricultural machines fail as farmers find it difficult to get spare parts, saying if local agricultural machine producers are capacitated, they will provide the needed machines to assist famers and easily have access to damaged parts.

The training exercise, which is being sponsored by SAPEC, brought together 16 participants from Bong, Lofa, Grand Kru, and  Nimba counties, among others.
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