VICE PRESIDENT BOAKAI HARVESTS 35 ACRES OF RICE, SAYS CROP WILL BE GIVEN TO FARMERS AS “SEED RICE”; MEET WITH A DELEGATION FROM GEORGIA,USA

Tuesday, 30th October 2012

Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai over the weekend launched the harvest of thirty five acres of rice in Gbarma, Gbarpolu County, saying he will give the rice to the Ministry of Agriculture to be distributed among Liberian farmers as seed rice.

A much bigger rice farm located in Foya, Lofa County is also being harvested and rice from that farm will also be given to local farmers as seed, according to the Special Projects Office of the Vice President.

Speaking during the harvest to reporters in Gbarma, Vice President Boakai said following the harvest of the rice which is expected to take several weeks, the land will be used to cultivate other crops including vegetables and oil palm. He said animal husbandry will also be introduced on the farm.He said these farm activities will create job opportunities for citizens of the District of Gbarma.

Also speaking to reporters during the harvest, Deputy Agriculture Minister for Technical Services, Dr. Sizi Z. Subah said the farm is in two fold, upland and lowland and variety of rice include LAC 23, Nerica 14, Rok 3 and Suakoko 8.

Dr. Sizi pointed out that he was on the farm to ensure the purity of the seed prior to the distribution of the rice to the farmers.

Meanwhile, Vice President Boakai today met with  a delegation from the United States who are guests of the God’s Glory Free Pentecostal Church.

The delegation comprise of leading academics from the State of Georgia including a Medical Doctor, University Professor, forensic expert  and Rotarians who are expected to render services in these areas while here and make donations to a clinic operated by the Free Pentecostal Church.