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G-CAP Pushes For Agric Service Center In Bong
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G-CAP Pushes For Agric Service Center In Bong
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, October 6 (LINA) - The Green Coast Agriculture Project (G-CAP), a local NGO in the agriculture sector, has stressed the need to establish a center that will provide agricultural business services to farmers in Bong County.

G-CAP Program Coordinator Francis Bendoe told the Liberia News Agency that a survey conducted in the county shows that local farmers are in need of business services that will help improve their productivity.

Bendoe said the sole purpose of the Enterprise Services Center is to provide agricultural business development services to farmers and rural entrepreneurs to start-up or expand their commercial businesses.

According to Bendoe, services to be provided will include training to promote entrepreneurship and to improve business planning and management skills; technical advice on production and post-harvest handling of produce.

It will also cover collecting and sharing market information and marketing ideas; assisting clients in the preparation of business plans and loan applications to access credit and providing access to agro-equipment and transport services.

According to the G-CAP official, the establishment of the Center will help to improve food security and reduce poverty among Liberian farmers.

Bendoe pointed out that once the center is established, farmers can access those needed enterprise services, adding that the significance of the center has prompted local authorities of Bong County to donate a piece of land to his organization to construct the center.

Commenting on the extension services rendered to farmers, he indicated that they have reached 95 communities in five districts in Bong County with extension services to strengthen the skills of farmers.

Bong County is one of Liberia’s productive agricultural regions situated along the regional development corridors of Liberia, and crucial in promoting intra and inter-county commerce.

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