first_imgThe World Bank has expressed dismay over the manner in which agriculture is neglected by African governments across the continent.Though a few countries on the continent are making headway in agriculture, the WB said many others, including Liberia, are yet to invest substantially to improve the sector.The regional taskforce team leader of the World Bank West Africa Project, Abdulai Toure, said the Government of Liberia should now see the need to commit more funding to the sector in order to make it more vibrant and productive.  The agriculture sector, with more investments, is capable of taking Liberians out of poverty. The WB team leader noted that the Liberian government should invest in human capacity, technology and provide financial programs that will solely be dedicated to agriculture. If these are done, he noted, the sector would transcend from its present state of under-performance to a better level that will bring improvement to the living conditions of the people.The WB official made these comments over the weekend when he addressed a joint press conference along with Agriculture Minister, Dr.  Florence Chenoweth, at the Ministry’s head office in Gardnersville, outside Monrovia.  Mr. Toure, along with a team, was in the country to access the impact of the Ebola Virus Disease and to see how the bank could help through the West African Agricultural Productivity Project (WAAPP).  He also took the opportunity to pay field visits to WAAPP project sites in the country.  Mr. Toure stated that Liberian government’s failure to promote agriculture contravenes the Malabo Declaration, to which it is a signatory. The Malabo Declaration is an agreement among African leaders to spend at least 10% of their national budgets on agriculture.   He noted that he was impressed with the level of work that is being done by WAAPP, especially its cassava production in Bomi County.Minister Blames Legislature, Government  Minister Chenoweth, for her part, expressed frustration over government’s failure to adhere to the Malabo Declaration blaming the Legislature for not paying attention to the sector.  She said the Liberian government has not supported the sector, which has the potential to absorb as many employees, especially young people, as possible with the potential to contribute substantially to Liberia’s Gross Domestic Product, (GDP).She said there is, and has always been the need for the Liberian government to shoulder its responsibility and support the agriculture sector.  Minister Chenoweth however disclosed that the government, through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning has pledged a commitment of investing US$35 million in the sector in order to boost its capacities and productivity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BATON ROUGE, La. – Two students were found shot to death in a home invasion at a Louisiana State University apartment, and officials decided to keep the campus open Friday while police searched for three suspects. The victims, Chandrasekhar Reddy Komma and Kiran Kumar Allam, both Ph.D. students from India, were found inside an apartment at the Edward Gay complex late Thursday night after authorities received an emergency call. Police patrols were increased on the 30,000-student campus Friday and students were told to be cautious, but the university was not locked down. Students were taking the last of their final exams, and many had already left for the semester. The decision not to lock down the campus was made by police after they determined it was an isolated incident and would not spread to other areas of the campus, LSU Chancellor Sean O’Keefe said at a Friday morning news conference. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAllam’s pregnant wife called 911 at 10:37 p.m. Thursday after finding the men dead, according to Srinivasa Pothakamuri, a friend of Komma, and campus officials. Komma, a biochemistry student, had been visiting Allam.last_img read more