Agriculture In Liberia Contributes to Over 70% of the Country’s Gross Domestic Product-Vice President Boakai Says

Thursday, 11th October 2012
Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has  re-echoed that Agriculture in Liberia contributes to over 70 percent of the Country’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP, with an excellent tropical rainfall and ecosystem which should pass as a major advantage for increased mechanized agricultural activities.

He said the use of such advantage could transform the nation into bread basket of the ECOWAS region for the nearly 400 million people.

According to the Vice President, Liberia possess a great potential for development of the value-added processes, including juice manufacturing, saw mills, and agro-industrial processing plants.
These remarks were contained in a speech delivered on behalf of the Vice President by Mr. T. Vannie Siekula, Secretary in the Office of the Vice President at the induction ceremony of Officers of the William R. Tolbert College of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Liberia.

A release from the Office of the Vice President said since the 1970s the College of Agriculture and Forestry has significantly contributed technical and manpower support to the development and improvement of the agriculture and Forestry sectors in Liberia.

Speaking on the theme “significance of agriculture, learning by doing,” Mr. Vannie said the University of Liberia Agricultural program set the agenda to help us as a nation properly utilize this advantage, the importance of the UL to the nation’s manpower needs according to the release issued Thursday.