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USAID FED Stresses Collaboration Among Liberian Farmers
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 Chief of Party of USAID Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED), Lee Rosner


USAID FED Stresses Collaboration Among Liberian Farmers
By Ballah M. Kollie

MONROVIA, September 17 (LINA) – The Chief of Party of USAID Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED), Lee Rosner, has called on Liberian farmers to consolidate activities in the agriculture sector beyond the FED-funded project.

Rosner said when farmers work together the impact of the project will be continuously felt among them while their product yield will continue to increase.

Rosner made the call recently at the end of a two-day Agribusiness Exposition organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and USAID FED held at the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor.

The USAID FED project which began September 2012 should have ended in September 2016, but has been extended to December 2016.

During its implementation the project was instrumental in building the technical capacity of farmers in the food value chains of rice, vegetables, cassava and goat rearing.

The U.S. President's “Feed the Future” initiative built 19 rice processing facilities in Lofa, Bong, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado counties.

Rosner hoped that farmers and managers of the 19 rice hubs will maintain their respective facilities to ensure delivery of quality services to fellow farmers.

He told a team of journalists that the surest way to answer questions regarding farmers' support after the departure of USAID FED is for Liberian farmers to build on the existing capacities to move them to the next level of production and service delivery.

Rosner noted that to support the sector the American Government has approved the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA), which will further link farmers with markets to maximize profitability.

Support to the sector by central government was key among several issues discussed during the two-day sitting.


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