Commerce and Industry Minister Axel M. Addy
‘Liberia Gradually Achieving Full Potential In Agriculture,’ Says Addy
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, September 15 (LINA) – Commerce and Industry Minister Axel M. Addy has said that despite challenges in the agriculture sector, the country is gradually getting to achieve its full potential in the sector.
He added that agriculture can transform the country, especially when given the required attention to lift it from its current position.
Addy made the statement during a two-day “Agribusiness exposition” held at the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor.
The Exposition was jointly organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and the USAID Food and Enterprise Development Program (USAID FED) in Liberia.
The Commerce minister then extolled representatives of the over 126 farmer groups who are keeping the sector viable amid the level of challenges facing it.
He also praised the “Feed the Future” initiative of U.S. President Barack Obama which has over the last five years impacted Liberia’s agricultural sector with US$75 million infused in rice, cassava, vegetable and goat rearing activities.
“It makes no sense for us to continue importing goods that can be grown right here in Liberia,” he asserted.
He expressed optimism that when the sector reaches its full potential, Liberia will not only feed itself but the region as well.
Addy then challenged farmers to also invest in the pottery, forestry and fishery sectors, adding that he will continue to support their efforts “until they can get wealth out of farming.”
The two-day event was addressed by several officials of government and development partners with workshops and exhibition of locally produced products on the sidelines.