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Liberia launches cocoa, coffee project

By Bockerie Musa

(lbsonline/Liberia)-A World Bank sponsored cocoa and coffee production project has been launched in Gbarnga.

The project is aimed at helping to overcome current decline in the commodities’ high quality production in the country.

Agriculture Minister, Florence Chenoweth, made the disclosure at the week-end through a proxy at the launch of the three-day workshop in Gbarnga.

Gbarnga is the provincial capital of the central Liberian region of Bong County.

The workshop was organized by the Liberia Produce and Marketing Corporation (LPMC) to build the capacities of tree crop farmers and to license buying agents in three counties, including Nimba, Bong and Lofa.

Madam Chenoweth said: “The objective of the World Bank project is to also increase access to technology and farm-to-market roads for twenty six thousand small holder tree crop farmers in Lofa County.”

“The project will also assist in the revitalization and marketing of five thousand hectors of cocoa, one thousand five hundred hectors of coffee, and one thousand five hundred hectors of low quality export.”

Also, LPMC Managing Director, Nyan Mantein, spoke at the launching ceremony.

Mr. Mantein said: “The Liberian Government is losing more than US$3m annually from its coffee, due to low quality export.”

"The workshop was organized to also find a way out of the problem and end further shortage in high quality tree crop production in the country”, Director Mantein said.

 


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