The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has provided over 1,000 farmers in Liberia with rice seeds, fertilisers and hand tools to increase their average yield potential.

The FAO provided the agricultural items with support from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Central Agricultural Research Institute during a training on integrated sustainable system of rice development project in Bong County.

Development Diaries learnt that the training brought together over 1,000 beneficiaries from three districts in Bong and Lofa Counties, 60 percent of which were women.

Speaking at the occasion, FAO Agronomist Jobson Momo, said that the UN agency’s mandate was to assist in ensuring food security and nutrition for the people of Liberia.

‘This project was very special because it brought in a new methodology and technology that changed what was being done in the past’, Momo said.

He applauded the partners for their continued support and efforts in helping to achieve sustainable rice development in the country.

The Ministry of Agriculture’s representative at the training, Victor Kolleh, commended the development partners for their continued support and urged them to continue their efforts in helping farmers achieve sustainable yield and agro-development.

More than 21.5 hectares have been harvested in Lofa County, according to FAO.

Source: Front Page Africa

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