Vice President calls on Liberians toReviewFarming Methods

Monday, 12th May 2008
Monrovia, Liberia -  Vice President Joseph N. Boakai is calling on Liberian farmers to critically review their farming methods to ensure that they do not threaten the very survival of the Liberian nation.

He noted that with the global increase in the prices of food commodities, Liberians will strive to make larger farms and adopt programs to feed themselves.

“However, the destruction of forests, coupled with excessive settlement and other human activities all lead to one result; uncontrolled severe soil erosion, loss of critically needed top soil and subsequent contamination of drinking water and decreased river flow,” Vice President Boakai further noted.

He was speaking at a program marking “National Tree Planting Day” held in Gbarnga, Bong County at the weekend.

Vice President Boakai observed that trees are essential to our welfare due to the contributions they make to our environment, and commended the Forestry Development Authority for commissioning the tree planting day.

Vice President Boakai disclosed that in an effort to help reduce carbon emissions, Liberia has joined 30 other countries to implement a World Bank sponsored program of Reduced Emission from Deforestation and Degradation  (otherwise known as REDD).

Liberia, he said, is among the first ten countries that have filed a Project idea note  (PIN) for entering and participating in this program. The PIN program, he said, will prepare Liberia to gain substantial benefits from carbon credits from the area’s forest cover.

“The marriage between trees and us provides safe drinking water for our people, improved soil for more food production, building materials for our homes, schools for our children and fuel wood for cooking,”
Vice President Boakai added..   

Vice President Boakai warned Liberians not to engage in activities that will eventually lead to a reduction in food production and destruction of our environment.

He said indiscriminate tree cutting and depletion of the forests have caused  devastations like landslides with tragic consequences  around the world.