By Patrick Stephen Tokpah
Suakoko District, Bong County-The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture is expected to hold a “National Agricultural Fair” from February 12-14, 2021 at the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) in Suakoko District number five, Bong County, after 12 years of dormancy.
According to the ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry will execute the three days Fair in collaboration with the Ministries of Internal Affairs, State for Presidential Affairs, Gender, Children and Social Protection along with the Cooperative Development Agency.
Agriculture Minister Jeanine Cooper has named Deputy Agriculture Minister for Administration, Precious Tetteh to lead the coordination and planning of the Fair.
The Fair is expected to be held under the theme: “Investing in Agriculture for Prosperity & Development.”
This year’s Fair is an essential component in current five-year Liberia’s national development agenda, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).
It can be recalled, during President George M. Weah third State of the Nation Address, he placed enormous importance on driving Liberia’s agriculture sector as a major engine of growth.
The fair will also showcase farmers plant-based products –food, drinks and cosmetics –locally produced and are being exported.
Farmers, agro-processors, agriculture concessionaires, development partners, financial institutions and agro value chain producers will also attend the fair.
Liberia’s Agriculture Law, enacted in the 1970s, mandates the Ministry of Agriculture to hold an annual National Agricultural Fair to showcase agriculture produce grown in the country.