By Alexander Musa, Jr./Grand Bassa County Correspondent
Grand Bassa-In the wake of COVID-19 that has stalled every activity in the world with Grand Bassa County being of no exception, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has identified with 33 local farmers in the county.
Speaking to the farmers on Friday January 8, 2021 at the local office of the Ministry in Buchanan, Acting Minister Robert Fangans said the donation is from the backdrop of the promise made by the government to support agriculture activities in Liberia.
The Minister furthered that after thorough observation across the country and realizing the needs and wants of farmers in the country, the government lobbied with international partners and got US$48 million loan and grant.
He said the money will be used on different agricultural programs.
“Over the years we have observed the difficulties you been going through especially during the heat of the coronavirus for which we have come to beef up your strength with these farm materials,” Assistant Minister Fangans added.
Minister Fangans presented to the farmers bags of fertilizer, snapsack sprayer, First Aid Kit, raincoat, agrochemical amongst others.
Presenting the items, the Minister cautioned the local farmers to use the materials for the intended purpose, adding that there are more equipment on the way including power tailer, tractors and some heavy equipment for farmers, but stressed that the ministry will be watchful in term of how the materials given will be used.
Mr. Fangans also told the farmers to see the materials as a conduit to improving their farming activities in Grand Bassa County.
The beneficiaries are from the five electoral districts in the county.
Speaking on behalf of the farmers, Mrs. Nancy Bryant of “Rise and Shine Cooperative” and Mr. Leon McCrity thanked the Ministry of Agriculture for the farsightedness and described the presentation as timely.
The farmers expressed that they are happy for the gesture, but said they got fear for producing more foods because there is no market.
They pleaded with the ministry to help them create the market space to enable them grow more foods.
They said over the years their products have spoiled because of the availability of the market is lacking.
Mrs. Bryant and Mr. McCrity encouraged their fellow farmers to keep the farming momentum high in order to help reduce hunger in the county