Minister Chenoweth Outlines Challenges in Agriculture Sector

first_imgAgriculture Minister, Dr. Florence Chenoweth, has spoken of some challenges facing the agricultural sector of Liberia and has called on the government to provide more funding toward the sector.She named constraints such as limited farming equipment to enhance mechanized agriculture, the lack of insecticides to treat fruit crop, and limited agriculture loans for local farmers as major problems.Minister Chenoweth made the statement recently at a conference in Monrovia.“It is time that government takes bold steps toward mechanization of agriculture in the country, if we are going to become self-sufficient in food,” she said.She disclosed that there is insufficient modern equipment presently at her Ministry to distribute to various farming organizations across the country.“At the moment there are only 13 tractors at the Ministry of Agriculture to get to local farmers. We are moving these machines to the various counties where farming activities are active. But what can a single power tiller or tractor do in a county?  she asked.“This is a serious challenge which we have brought to the attention of the government. Therefore, we are looking forward to the delivery,” she added.Minister Chenoweth furthered that there are no actual statistics for the production of fruit, adding that the lack of insecticide poses a serious constraint toward fruit production.She said that most fruit grown in Liberia are damaged by insects, thus making fruit processing by some Liberian entrepreneurs difficult.“The Wulki Farm, which is owned by the Ureys in Careysburg District, is no longer processing fruit for the market, due to the lack of chemical to control the infestation of insects. All of the oranges, grape fruits and others were damaged by insect on the farm, leading the farm to cease the processing of fruit,” she explaines.She stated that more money was needed to purchase insecticides to enable farmers combat those pests in order to produce juices on the local market.According to the Agriculture Minister, the Ministry does not have all the funding to take care of purchasing agro chemical like pesticide to enhance fruit crop production in the country.She further mentioned that government has made some effort toward addressing the issue of agricultural financing for local farmers.“The issue of access to loan for local farmers has also been a major challenge. Many commercial banks in the country are not willing to do business with farmers as they see it as risky. However, we are thankful to the Central Bank of Liberia(CBL) for providing some money last year to loan out to our farmers,” she said.Minister Chenoweth, however, pointed out the need for the CBL to put in place a proper mechanism that will ensure that most local farmers benefit loan to improve their farms.“Most Liberian farmers are lacking the collateral to get loan and there is high interest rate on the money borrowed. We want a system that will help most of our poor farmers to get loans,” she concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LRC Certificates 36

first_imgThe Law Reform Commission (LRC) has awarded certificates to 36 persons who participated in a weeklong intensive training program in Legislative Drafting at the Capitol Building in Monrovia. LRC said the participants were drawn from various government ministries and agencies and were given theoretic and practical training in the course work.At the end of the training, LRC allowed the participants to benefit from a weeklong internship with the Legislature (Senate and House Legal and Drafting Offices), Governance Commission (GC) and LRC. Through the internship, The LRC exposed the participants to practical drafting using real documents. As a result of the training, one of the participants was awarded a contract at the Executive Mansion, and may be permanently assigned at the House when members of that body return from their agriculture break. In his keynote address, the Director-General of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), Oblayon Nyemah, urged the participants to make use of the knowledge they have acquired.‘’This is the first time in the history of our country that such a course has been entirely organized and offered by Liberian lawyers and legislative professionals. Pass on what you have learned because ‘knowledge shared is also knowledge gained,” said Mr. Nyemah.Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Madam Gladys K. Johnson, who is now the Chairperson of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights, encouraged the participants to apply what they have learned in the performance of their jobs. Justice Johnson admonished the newly certified legal drafters to draft laws in a manner and form that will reflect professionalism, love for country and discipline as laws drafted by them will not only benefit them, but generations to come. “You do not put your feelings into laws you draft. The intent of the law comes from the proponents of that law. Your work is to ensure that the laws you draft are unambiguous and simple, so simple that violations of those laws cannot be blamed on its wordings and constructs,” said Justice Johnson.Attorney Nadia S. Kamara, who spoke on behalf of the participants, pleaded with her colleagues to stick together and forge a bond that will eventually mature into “an association of enlightened and credible legal and legislative drafters.” “What we have started here today is indeed the beginning from which greater things will come. Let us hold together and see how we turn out to be,” said Kamara.Attending the program were The Co-Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Worlea S. Dunah; Vice President for University of Liberia Relations, Norris Tweh; Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, Mildred Sayon; Ambassador Charles Minor of the Board of Tax Appeals; Professor of Law and Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, Cllr. David A.B. Jallah, and Deputy Minister of Justice for Codification, Harriet Badio.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Back at the Bridge? Chelsea to pull their man out of AC Milan loan deal

first_img Marco van Ginkel Chelsea are considering recalling Marco van Ginkel from his loan spell at AC Milan, according to reports in Italy.The Blues are reportedly unhappy at the lack of playing time the 21-year-old has had while at the San Siro, with the Dutchman having played just 31 minutes of Serie A football under Filippo Inzaghi.And now, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Jose Mourinho is ready to pull the plug on the deal.The Blues are reportedly considering loaning Van Ginkel out to another Premier League club during the January transfer window instead. 1last_img