LADA DELIVERS US$21K GENERATORS TO 2 FARMERS
Two generators valued at US$21,100 have been turned over to two Liberian farmers by the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA).
The beneficiaries are Life Focus Liberia Limited, a vegetable aggregator in Montserrado County and Pape Natural Food Enterprise, a food processor based in Margibi County.
Life Focus Liberia Limited is expected to benefit from a grant totalling US$108,000, while Pape Natural Food Enterprise will get a total grant of US$127,000, inclusive of the 30 and 25 KVA generators.
According to the agreement, the grant is under a 50 percent cost-share arrangement.
The grant is part of LADA’s Co-Investment Fund (CIF) provided by the U.S. Government under its Feed the Future Program that is aimed at building the capacity of Agribusinesses in Liberia.
Presenting the machines, CIF Manager Mr. Victor Ngorbu challenge the beneficiaries to attach seriousness to their individual venture as it is intended to enhance their capacities.
“This is not a charity gift, this is money from the people of the United States of America intended to help the people of Liberia,” he said.
He described vegetable production as a major income generating means for people, especially farmers living in Montserrado County for which LADA and her partner; Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) have decided to enhance their capacity with the aim of helping them raise money for the realization of their livelihood.
Further, Mr. Ngorbu said the cost sharing arrangement is LADA/CNFA way of enhancing the capacity of smallholder farmers to help them meet the supply requirement of their clientele, which comprises supermarkets, restaurants and other businesses.
Responding, the beneficiaries lauded LADA for the support promising to make good of the machines and all other supplies for the attainment of the desire results.
Life Focus Liberia Limited and Pape Natural Food Enterprise are Liberian-owned smallholder businesses that have been in vegetable aggregation and food processing for years and are poised to step further in the provision of services to both farmers and end-users.
The enterprises were approved by USAID for the CIF grant to purchase equipment such as generators, packaging materials, food processing machines, and refrigerated containers, among others.
The support are not the first of LADA to smallholder farmers in Liberia as the Gbelegeh Women in Nimba County and many others have benefited while there are plans to give support to several others.
LADA is a five-year Feed the Future Program of the U.S. Government aimed at increasing the incomes of smallholder farmers through increased private sector investment in the agribusiness sector of Bong, Nimba, Lofa and Montserrado Counties.