USAID/FED, Partners to Boost Livestock Production

first_imgIn bid to enhance livestock production in Liberia, the United States Agencies for International Development/Food and Enterprise Development Program (USAID/FED) has rehabilitated the Central Agricultural Research Institute’s (CARI) livestock quarantine facility in Suakoko, Bong County.The facility was dedicated last Friday by the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Ms. Deborah Malac.The program was attended by the Deputy Minister for Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Seklau Wiles, and the Chief of Party for USAID/FED, Agnes Luz and among other dignitaries.The CARI’s livestock house was destroyed during Liberia’s fourteen year civil crisis. Thanks to USAID/FED’s partnership with the government of Liberia, the facility was revamped to meet the needs of livestock farmers in the country.According to the project document, about 500 improved varieties of goats are initially expected to occupy the new facility.USAID/FED will focus on improving goats husbandry techniques to increase production, while USDA and Land O’ Lakes (USDA/LOL) are to restock the nation’s goat population.The document further explained that goat farmers under the FED program are going to benefit from an imported herd of genetically proven goats to upgrade their existing herd, adding that the facility would be used as a home for nucleus breeding.Cutting the ribbon off the animals’ house last Friday in CARI, Ambassador Malac stated the United States government was gratified to support Liberia’s agricultural programs to reduce poverty and help the country become food secured.“The U.S government has made and will continue to make major investments to support agriculture and agri-business in Liberia through its close partnership with government institutions and agencies. Through projects such as the quarantine facility and the establishment of a thriving goat sector in Liberia, the U.S. government reaffirms its long standing commitment to help reduce poverty and achieve food security,” she said.She emphasized that the facility was critical to the overall process of increasing the national goat herd and represented how her government coordinates investment among different government agencies.“Goats are primary asset of rural village households and farms in Liberia. Considering that nearly 80 percent of all the goat meat consumed in the country is imported from surrounding countries, we intend to reverse that trend,” she explained.The U.S Ambassador mentioned that FED has not only partnered with CARI to increase livestock production, but was also into rice seed multiplication and certification as well as the multiplication of improved varieties of cassava cuttings.For her part, Mrs. Wiles said the government of Liberia was thankful to the people and government of America for helping to revamp the agricultural sector of Liberia.The MoA’s deputy minister, who once served as the national livestock coordinator for her ministry prior to her appointment, said that Liberia had been very productive in livestock production prior to the civil crisis.“Before the war, this facility served as our dairy cattle’s bond that hosted exotic (foreign) breed used for the crossing. We firmly believe that its revamping begins the intention to increase livestock production. This is why we are thankful for the assistance of the U.S government,” she stated joyfully.Dr. Arthur Kanua is the director for livestock research at CARI.He earlier confirmed at the program that his institution (CARI) has partnered with USAID/FED and USDA/LOL to enhance animal farming in Liberia.Speaking exclusively with the Daily Observer newspaper, after the program, the Acting Chief of Party for USDA/LOL, Madam Allison Williams, disclosed that by June of this year her institution is expected to restock the facility at CARI with goats.“We will be able to bring high quality of animals perhaps by June,” she said.According to her, they are working with fifty-nine goat farming groups in the country to increase animal production, adding that farmers are taught to breed livestock as a business.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Agriculture minister warned EU-South American could be catastrophic for farmers

first_imgThe Agriculture Minister has been urged to ensure that Irish farmers interests are represented in Europe. Fianna Fáil’s Charlie McConalogue has called on him to oppose any ratification of the Mercosur deal due to the fact the full impact of Brexit has not yet emerged.He was responding to the announcement that negotiators from the European Union and the South American Mercosur trading block have agreed on a trade deal. Deputy McConalogue commented: “This deal has taken almost 20 years to negotiate and Irish farmers have opposed the proposals in it every step of the way. The deal has always had the potential to damage Irish farming but combined with the possible loss of trade in the British market as a result of Brexit, Mercosur could prove catastrophic.“This deal will see 99,000 tonnes of South American beef allowed into the European market every year. This will have a huge impact on prices, at a time when beef farmers here are already to the pin of their collars.“This deal will also have a detrimental impact on the environment. It seems ironic that on the one hand the government and the EU talks about reducing our carbon footprint to mitigate climate change, while on the other they have no issue with flying South American beef thousands of kilometres into Europe.“Minister Creed knows that this is a bad deal for Ireland. He must engage with his European counterparts to ensure that there is no decision to ratify this deal given that we do not know what the full impact of Brexit will be. We export around 270,000 tonnes of beef to the UK every year, will our farmers now have to compete with cheap South American imports in a post-Brexit scenario? “This is an exceptionally volatile period and I believe the EU should not take any decisions on this deal until the full post-Brexit scenario is known”, concluded Deputy McConalogue.Agriculture minister warned EU-South American could be catastrophic for farmers was last modified: June 29th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more