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CDA Conducts 132 Trainings For Farmers
By Catherine B. Nyenkan
MONROVIA, November 2 (LINA) – An official of the Cooperative Development Agency (CDA) has disclosed that the agency has conducted 132 training programs in key agriculture sectors in Liberia.
CDA Deputy Registrar for Gender, Youth Promotion and Program Development, Harris B. Wennie, said the training programs focused on the areas of cocoa, coffee, rubber and oil palm, among others.
Making the disclosure at the Ministry of Information press briefing in Monrovia recently, Wennie said the training programs are intended to ensure the delivery of cooperative advisory services and integrated agricultural extension services for capacity building enhancement.
According to the CDA official, the training focused on the rehabilitation of smallholder tree-crop farms and transformation of indigenous financial and/or non-bank service programs known as the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA).
He, however, stopped short of indicating when the training programs were conducted.
Wennie told journalists at the press conference that 44 community-based groups, comprising 20 credit unions and 24 cocoa farmers’ cooperative societies, were transformed into legitimate cooperative entities with an overall membership of 8,165 farmers.
He noted that of the total membership, 2,667 are females from six counties -Gbarpolu, Bong, Lofa, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and River Gee – adding, “This transformation has encouraged increased income generating power of members of the cooperative through quality cocoa production and savings and credit interventions in the six counties.”
At the same time, Wennie disclosed that 500 cocoa farmers from six cooperative societies in Grand Gedeh and River Gee counties generated more than L$7 million during the last cocoa marketing season through the cocoa bulking.