NO EXCUSE FOR LIBERIA’S FOOD INSUFFICIENCY’ – PRES. WEAH
President George Manneh Weah has observed that with Liberia’s fertile soil, there is no reason why the country should lack a vibrant agriculture sector.
The Liberian leader was speaking to journalists recently upon his return from the Republics of Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana following a four-day visit.
While in Cote d’Ivoire, the Liberian leader and his Ivorian counterpart, Alassane Ouattara, held discussions on ways to improve agricultural productivity in Liberia, among other bilateral issues.
Weah named the expansion of power supply to more Liberian homes from the West Africa Power Pool Project, as part of discussions held with the Ivorian leader.
According to President Weah, he and his Ivorian counterpart agreed to the significance of Liberia employing every means necessary to promote agriculture, including the production of tree crops like cocoa.
Pillar Two of President Weah’s development Agenda says the Government will introduce “new legislations and policies intended to achieve sustainable economic growth, develop and expand agriculture, and address our very large infrastructure deficit, with emphasis on road construction and the provision of affordable and adequate electricity for all our people.”
Neighboring Cote d’Ivoire is the world’s leading producer of cocoa which is used to manufacture chocolate, making the West African nation highly dependent on the crop which accounts for 40% of its national export income.
In a recent chat with journalists, President Weah quoted the Ivorian leader as saying that Ivory Coast can be used as a case study, noting, “For Liberia, which is Africa’s oldest Republic, to do well, it needs to tap into its agriculture potential.”
President Weah told the press: “I think we have a fertile soil; so if Ivory Coast can produce cocoa and export it, I think we can do the same. These are things that we are going to look at.” Culled from LINA.