EU Provides US$25K for Cassava Marketing, Promotion

first_imgTo improve Liberia’s agricultural sector, the European Union (EU) has provided over US$25,000 for the promotion, marketing and consumption of cassava products in the country.Making the disclosure at his Paynesville office, Mr. Joseph S. Morris, coordinator for the National Cassava Sector Coordinating Committee (NCSCC) told the Daily Observer that the money has been processed through ZOA/ADRA, a group of international NGOs that is implementing cassava value development program for the EU in Liberia.“This promotion is expected to be carried out through the local newspapers, national and community radio stations, television stations, as well as through the use of jingles,” Coordinator Morris said.He said his organization is working with ZOA/ADRA to implement what he described as ‘the cassava value chain development program.’“We are involved with the market promotion, because consistent market for cassava and its value added products remains a major problem for the cassava industry in Liberia,” Morris added.He explained that the exercise will encourage the marketability and consumption of cassava and its value added products that are having difficulties in accessing consistent markets.He added “We recorded over 120 thousand metric tons of fresh cassava during the Ebola crisis for which there was no market, and we are linking farmers to markets which is critical to cassava value chain development.”He noted that the NCSCC has embarked on robust market linkages for the cassava sector, both locally and internationally.In a related development, Mr. Morris said, the NCSCC has initiated discussion with the World Food Program (WFP) to include cassava value added products in the menu for its school program in the country.Coordinator Morris added that “the discussion is working well, and if concluded WFP will include cassava value added products in the menu of its school feeding program across the country.”The cassava value added products means turning cassava into gari, super gari as well as mixing cassava with flour that gives value to cassava as a product and makes it nourishing.The involvement of WFP, he said will boost the marketing and consumption of cassava value added products in the country, and improve food security.Mr. Morris said the discussion with WFP is expected to conclude in September, this year. “This is good news for the farmers because they can rest assured that they will have markets for their products.”“It would also encourage more farmers to get involved in the cassava sector, which would enable them to make money to cater to their families,” Morris noted.Morris said the arrangement with the WFP would expand the sector and bring economic development to both the farmers and consumers.“Our people have been complaining about lack of markets for their products, now they can feel happy that their worry is over because WFP will be buying most of their produce,” he said.Among the difficulties cassava farmers have complained about is the lack of markets for their produce, especially fresh cassava.He said there was no assurance that “cassava brought on the market could be bought for a fixed price, and for any reason, if there was no market for the cassava that day, famers risked losing their produce, as the preservation period for fresh cassava is 48 to 72 hours.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Devote Your Education to Community Service

first_imgVice President Joseph Boakai has urged the graduating class of Nimba County Community College (NCCC) to devote their acquired education to community service as they walked out of the walls of the institution. VP Boakai’s admonition was contained in his commencement keynote address delivered at NCCC’s first convocation in Sanniqullie, Nimba County.Speaking on the topic “Devoting your Education to Community Service,” he called on the graduates to not treat his message as simple, trite or even mundane, but to accept it owing to the often mischaracterized weight assigned to virtues that undergird genuine service to community.“This is so because we have to realize the importance of commitment, diligence and patriotism as the ingredients needed for any society to develop and make progress,” he said.“You hold in your frame and fabric the capacity to make a difference in the mix of the turbulence that currently engulfs our political-economic landscape.”The VP reminded the graduates that their engagements only need to embody commitment, diligence and love for their country.“Our society is plagued by a long list of vices including greed, apathy, envy, theft, cheating, impatience, cynicism, ingratitude and worse, the resort to mob justice,” he said.In regards to these vices, Mr. Boakai cautioned the graduates to observe their roles as individuals belonging to a class, and be prepared to step forth and combat the contagious enticements of the aforementioned vices.“You stand today at a junction, projecting before you two paths from the forks of the road in your journey. The path you embark upon will be as critical to your very existence as it will be to the community in which you live and interact with your fellowmen.“Much like I have warned other peers of yours as they trooped out of the corridors of universities, let me similarly admonish you to not sit on your laurels, dose off in complacency or expect that now that you have earned a university degree, all things will come falling your way,” he told the graduates. He called on them to go forth with the right mental attitude, remaining true to the fine molding they have undergone in the classrooms and set fine examples as people who have acquired what was required of them.But should they do the contrary, Boakai warned: “Throughout all the years, all you have nursed is an aptitude for following the crowd and stooping for shortcuts and bypasses, settling for the ordinary; then of course your celebration amounts to naught, as far as the collective interest of society is concerned.” The NCCC’s first Commencement Convocation exercise, which started on December 8, was characterized by many activities beginning with the Faculty and Staff Night, the Students Class Night, the College President Tea Party and the Baccalaureate Service.The NCCC graduated 167 students who studied 14 disciplines including General Agriculture, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Geology, Laboratory Technology, Nursing, Information Technology, Public Administration, Management, Accounting, Economic, Criminal Justice, Primary and Secondary Education as well as Gender Development Studies. 72 of the graduates come from the department of Science and Agriculture.The NCCC was established in 2010, but started full academic activities in 2011. It is run by the school’s president, Dr. Yar Gonway Donlah Gono.Dr. Gono said the school grew from 438 students to 1, 388, confirming the strong desire young Liberians have for education.The occasion was attended by high profile government officials and representatives from other colleges and universities around the country, including: Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh; Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai Jr.; the Director General of the National Commission on Higher Education, Dr. Michael Slawon; and the Minister of Post and Telecommunication, Dr. Federick Norkeh. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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