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Agro value chains –promising potentials for job creation -Bruce

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LADA’s Private Sector Advisor, Watchen Bruce
LADA’s Private Sector Advisor, Watchen Bruce

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-September 29 (LINA) – An official of the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) says three of the most promising agricultural value chains, including rice, cassava and vegetables, are strong potentials for job creation.

LADA’s Private Sector Advisor, Watchen Bruce, said the three agriculture value chains have the capacity to create self-sustainability, food security, increased consumption trends, and to reflect the priorities of the Liberian Government.

Madam Bruce said: “These value chains, launched by LADA, are key to Liberia’s food security and the counties selected are known for best results in such value chains.”

“We believe, with such support, the agriculture sector will yield more results and Liberians will begin exporting food to other countries,” she also said.

Madam Bruce spoke to the Liberia News Agency (LINA) recently on the margins of the launch of the LADA Agriculture Value Chains of rice, cassava and vegetables through the Feed the Future (FTF) program at the Paynesville City Hall in Monrovia.

The LADA Private Sector Advisor noted that her entity will accomplish its goal by expanding, handling, packaging, processing and marketing services to increase the on-farm productivity and income for Liberian small farmers in Lofa, Bong, Nimba and Upper Montserrado Counties.

“We are also giving the LADA Co-Investment Fund (CIF) of US$3 million grant mechanism to support agricultural processors in the FTF target areas in Liberia.”

“This grant will facilitate investments by emerging and active agriculture processors to develop needed infrastructure in post-harvest handling and marketing technologies. We have placed this information on the Executive Mansion’s website for interested people to apply,” she also said.

The program brought together several organizations and was followed by Agribusiness Investment Network (AIN).

AIN facilitates business relationships to link suppliers, buyers, producers and investors to maximize investment and promote policy interventions to improve the regulatory environment for agribusiness in Liberia.



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