Agriculture Minister Dr. Moses M. Zinnah
Agric Minister Vows To Improve IFAD Ties
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, August 8 (LINA) - Agriculture Minister Dr. Moses M. Zinnah has vowed to improve the relationship between the Ministry of Agriculture and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Dr. Zinnah said the Ministry will remain engaged with IFAD in an effort to solicit support for farmers to expand and improve the agriculture sector of Liberia, noting, “IFAD was the first institution that came to Liberia at the end of the civil war.”
Dr. Zinnah made the commitment at a joint press conference held in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia Monday addressed by him and IFAD President Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze.
Dr. Zinnah outlined the effects of the prolonged civil war, Ebola virus outbreak and low human capacity as some off the challenges facing the agriculture sector.
He, however, renewed the government’s pledge to work hard to overcome the challenges, especially in meeting the target of the value for money.
In remarks, Dr. Nwanze lauded the level of progress made by the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Agriculture in mending the relationship between Liberia and IFAD, and indicated how impressed he was with the country’s determination to return to normalcy after years of war.
Dr. Nwanze arrived in Liberia on Saturday for a three-day official visit and departs Liberia Monday, August 8.
While in the country, Dr. Nwanze held discussions with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marjon Kamara, Finance and Development Planning Minister Boima Kamara, Public Works Minister Gyude Moore and Central Bank Governor Milton Weeks as well as some members of the National Legislature.
The IFAD Official also held talks and interacted with representatives of farmers from across the country.
IFAD is an international financial institution and a special United Nations agency dedicated to eradicating poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries through support to farmers.