URGENT PLEA: Government Must Reach Out to the Foya and All Other Farmers

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first_imgWe wonder whether President Sirleaf ever reads the Observer Farmer Column which this newspaper has been producing every Thursday for many years. Dr. Cyril Broderick, professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry, was the preeminent Observer Farmer in the late 1980s.  Now we have another highly committed, motivated Observer Farmer, Judoemue Kollie who, though he has not yet even finished college, is faithful, productive and even indefatigable in covering the Farm Sector all over the country.The President, the World Bank people, indeed all Liberians, especially those involved or interested in farming, should read Judoemu’s farm column which, as usual, appeared in the Thursday,—that’s yesterday’s—edition of the Daily Observer.     The Observer Farmer column contained three very important stories.  The first was a story which, though highlighted in Wednesday’s edition, Judoemue felt compelled to mention on his Farm Page yesterday: World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s serious and emphatic pledge to help Liberia in the recovery of its agriculture sector.Remember we said in yesterday’s editorial that AGRICULTURE was the FIRST thing President Kim mentioned while outlining his multi-faceted recovery plan for Liberia in the post-Ebola period.  The WBG leader explained why he is targeting this sector first: “Agriculture is a key pillar of the Liberian economy,” he noted.      The second story on yesterday’s Farm Page highlighted a most encouraging and innovative initiative undertaken by 24 women farmers in Clay Ashland, Montserrado County.  These women have organized themselves under an umbrella called the New Generation Women Farmers Group, within which they have started a Village Saving Loan Association (VSLA).  Recently, with the help of some international donors, these women distributed LD286,820 among themselves to expand their farming efforts, especially cassava production.Can the government and other able parties help these women with farm implements to make their work easier?   Can the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) assist them in providing improved cassava varieties and lend technical support, such as deploying some of its staff to advise the women on proper cassava and other crop cultivation?Judoemue’s third story is the most important one: he featured a rice farmer in Foya, Lofa County named Franklin Tengbeh, who has successfully cultivated 14.7 hectares of high yielding rice.  Mr. Tengbeh is now harvesting his rice, some of which he intends to pass on to other area farmers as seeds.But, Judoemue pointed out, Farmer Tengbeh is faced with a number of very serious challenges: lack of storage, transportation, thrashers and drying floor, among others. Herein, we think, lies an excellent opportunity for President Sirleaf’s urgent intervention.  She needs to find an expert and send him or her to Foya to see Mr. Tengbeh and what he is doing, and find out how he can be helped.Foya has long been known for its superior agricultural productivity.  Ever since the legendary Foya Paramount Chief Tamba Taylor, beginning in the 1950s, taught his people to farm, they have been self-sufficient not only in rice and vegetables but also meat.  They grow their own cattle, goats, poultry, pigs and sheep. The Foya farmers are once again giving the Liberian government another opportunity to redeem itself by reaching out to these enterprising people.  This time, the government should be very focused and do ALL it can to help Farmer Tengbeh and others to succeed and, in the process, to feed Liberia.Judoemue mentioned in his World Bank story a very important historical fact, which most people have forgotten.  He started by saying that in the last National Budget, only 2.4% was allocated to Agriculture.  Yet, 10 years ago, African leaders met in Maputo, Mozambique and adopted the Maputo Declaration which called on African governments to allocate at least 10% of their annual budgets to Agriculture.Now we see why Liberia faces a serious threat of food insecurity.  Now we see why our people are poor.  This stems from two main problems: first, we have not invested sufficiently in agriculture; and second, most unfortunately, many of our Agriculture Ministers have failed us. We must find a solution to these two problems and jumpstart our nationwide farm program again—in vegetables, tree crops (coffee, cocoa, rubber, oil palm, cashew nuts, mangoes, etc.), in rice, our staple, in banana and plantain  and in meat (cattle, goats, poultry, pigs and sheep), all of which also grow well in Foya.Let us remember what we said in yesterday’s editorial: the World Bank and many others are prepared to help us, especially in the post-Ebola period.  But none of this help will amount to much if we do not help ourselves.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: McSTAY OPTS FOR KERRY BUT BROLLY STICKS WITH JIM!

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first_imgDonegal may be favourites for next Sunday’s All-Ireland final but not all the pundits are seeing it that way.Joe Brolly shocks nobody by going for Donegal in the All-Ireland final.Highly-respected pundit and RTE analyst Kevin McStay has opted for Kerry at Croker.The man many believe could be the next Mayo manager said he thinks Kerry will win by perhaps two points but they will certainly win. McStay puts his cards on the table in a preview of the big game on the Sunday Game last night.Presenter Des Cahill asked McStay and fellow panelist Joe Brolly to pick a winner.And predictably, after swooning over Jim McGuinness and the Donegal team for fifteen minutes, the Derry man went for Donegal.  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: McSTAY OPTS FOR KERRY BUT BROLLY STICKS WITH JIM! was last modified: September 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJOE BROLLYKerryKevin McStaylast_img read more

Fulham v Tottenham line-ups: Changes for Fulham, Defoe starts for Spurs

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first_imgJohn Arne Riise is one of a number of players recalled to the Fulham side for Rene Meulensteen’s first match in charge.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Riise; Parker, Karagounis; Dejagah, Kasami, Kačaniklić; Berbatov.Subs: Stockdale, Zverotic, Boateng, Sidwell, Duff, Taarabt, Ruiz.Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Vertonghen; Capoue, Sandro; Lennon, Paulinho, Lamela; Defoe.Subs: Friedel, Naughton, Chadli, Holtby, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Soldado.See also:Should QPR boss Redknapp take Taarabt back to Loftus Road? 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

All in a day’s work

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first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Rafi Reavis played his best game in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Sunday night, logging a double-double in an 86-82 Game 3 win to help Magnolia seize a 2-1 lead over four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer.Having been through 17 seasons and notching 11 championships along the way, Reavis has seen a lot and said he cares only about notching one statistic: a win.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated For coach Chito Victolero, though, Reavis is one of the team’s barometers for winning.“He’s our veteran and he’s the best matchup for June Mar (Fajardo) and Arwind (Santos),” he told reporters during the post-game interview. “Whenever Rafi gives us a good game, we have a good chance [at winning].Aside from Reavis’ 16-point, 15-rebound Game 3 line was his defense against the five-time Most Valuable Player Fajardo, who ended up with just 17 that night after scoring 35 in Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “I don’t really have any, to tell you the truth,” he said when asked to comment on his performance which earned him the citation as the game’s best player. “I’m just trying to do my job. I’m just trying to take what comes with it, and also hoping its a ‘W.’”“The thing with me is—one point, 15 points; two rebounds, 10 rebounds, nothing—it’s all the same to me,” he added. “The only difference is the W and that’s all I care about.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsReavis’ performance in Magnolia’s Game 3 win at the Big Dome was a vast improvement from his showing in the prior contest, where he ended up scoring only two points and grabbing six rebounds.Compounding matters for him was that the Hotshots took a lopsided 108-101 loss. Cardiff fetes Etheridge CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules PLAY LIST 02:31CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules01:09‘Disappointment’ if no cases filed vs ‘ninja cops’ – Gordon01:12Sotto: Expect something explosive as new evidence, witnesses appear vs ‘ninja cops’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more