Monrovia, (PMU-MoA) – October 30, 2019; A modern soil testing equipment valued at more than $12,000 United States dollars has been donated to the Ministry of Agriculture by PRAXIS Africa. The 360 Soil-Scanner will help Liberian farmers in determining the quality of soil nitrates and provide accurate analysis of the soil and the suitability for certain crops and vegetables to be grown in different parts of the country.
According to Acting Agriculture Minister, Hon. Precious K. Tetteh, the donation is a result of a recent visit to North Dekota in the United States of America where she met with PRAXIS Africa executives and several American partners who expressed interest in investing in the agricultural sector of the country. The 360 Soil-Scanner is the latest technology equipment which will help technicians at the Ministry of Agriculture to provide adequate soil analysis for farmers.
“In line with this interest, the ministry and the partners are working on a joint concept note which defines the critical areas of needs and after this document is approved by the partners, it will greatly boost the agricultural sector in line with the government pro-poor agenda”, she added.
Making the presentation, the Country Manager of PRAXIS Africa Mr. Thomas M. Wuo said the 360 Soil-Scanner is the first of several modern agricultural technology equipment that his organization will be delivering to Liberian farmers to increase their food production and contribute to food security and better nutrition.
He said, PRAXIS Africa’s projects are aligned with the goals of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development and other national policies including the Liberia Agriculture Sector Investment Plan and the Liberia Agricultural Transformation Agenda.