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Barbu Says Preservation Vital To Food Security Strategy
By S. Kannay Ziamo, LINA Nimba County Correpondent
GANTA, October 10 (LINA) – Counsellor-at-Law Jallah A. Barbu has said that food preservation is key to Liberia's food security plan.
Barbu said the country is blessed with many different types of food but lacks the proper trading and preservation environment for producers to sell and preserve their produce, leading to more food being damaged while some are only seen seasonally.
He observed that with a system put in place by the government to preserve food, farmers will always have more food to sell at all times while consumers will also have the opportunity to select what to purchase and at what time.
He observed that many fruits in the country are only seen seasonally whereas, in other countries, fruits and other foods are available throughout the year, and blamed the situation on the lack of preservation system in the country.
Cllr. Barbu also wants the government focus on the construction of factories that would turn locally grown food into finished products to be sold in supermarkets and other places in and out of the country.
He argued that one of the major problems facing the country's agriculture sector is the lack of system to preserve food for consumers and producers.
According to him, Liberian farmers are strong and able to produce more food to feed the population and sell to other countries, adding that the Liberian farmers only need the technical and material support from the government.