A mechanized farm project has been launched by Agriculture Minister Dr. Mogana Flomo Jr in Foya Lofa County. The mechanize farm project is the first in many years to be undertaken by a Liberian entrepreneur and it is concentrating on the production of both upland and low land rice.
The Agriculture Minister used the occasion to call on the people of Lofa to use Agriculture as a business, as it was prior to the civil conflict. He said Lofa County used to be called the food basket of Liberia, something he wants the county to regain. Minister Flomo told the gathering that Liberia has aged to be importing food to eat, something he blamed on the failure of Liberians to produce what we eat.
The Agriculture Minister encouraged other farmers to venture into large scare farming and said that the government and partners will try and provide support to farmers.
For his part, the CEO of Agriculture and Infrastructure Investment Company (AIIC), Mohamed V. Kamara said his dream which started in 2009 has come to reality as physical work has started on a field of 150 hectares of mechanized farm land in Foya Lofa county.
Mr. Kamara said farming is a passion for him; therefore, he will work with local farmers to produce the amount of rice Lofa county needs in few years. He thanked the Agriculture Minister and the government of Liberia, led by President George Manneh Weah for taking interest in Liberian farmers and asked for more support to farmers in Lofa.
Mohamed V. Kamara, CEO of Agriculture and Infrastructure Investment Company and John Selma, CEO of Selma Agriculture Development Corporation are the two entrepreneurs involved with large scale farming in Lofa County. They are being supported by the Ministry of Agriculture through the Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture /Liberia Agriculture development Activity CNFA/LADA. The both companies have large rice processing plants in Voinjama and Foyah. They have vowed to feed Lofa and export to other counties once their new plants are completed, which have bigger capacities.