Handicapped Farmer Calls on President Sirleaf

Wednesday, 26th September 2007
President Sirleaf greets Mr. Albert Toe
President Sirleaf greets Mr. Albert Toe
Photo Credit: Ousman Diallo/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - A handicapped 70-year-old farmer from Karloken in Maryland County has paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The Liberian leader said she was impressed that despite his deformity, Mr. Albert B. Toe has defied all odds. The President urged Liberians to emulate the activities of Mr. Toe, who, despite his condition, has continued farming activities, an action the president said is worth emulation. The Liberian leader called on youth, especially the disabled, to emulate the good example of the 70-year-old, if Liberia is to move forward.

Accompanied by Maryland County Senator Gloria Scott, the President pledged her support in helping to market Mr. Toe's produce through the Ministry of Agriculture. Mr. Toe currently owns a pineapple farm in Karloken covering 119 acres of land.

Mr. Toe thanked President Johnson Sirleaf for granting him a meeting and appealed for a vehicle to assist him in marketing his produce.

At 12, Mr. Toe was diagnosed with polio which left him deformed. He started his farm five years ago when he began growing sugar cane.