The project is part of a US$2 million Ebola recovery support of the Government of Japan to the government and people of Liberia through the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Disclosing the information, Victor Ngorbu, Manager and Component Two lead of the Co-Investment Fund, Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) in Voinjama said that the project, the Selma Agriculture Development Corporation and the Agriculture and Infrastructure Investment Company will each receive a giant size rice processing machine that has the capacity of processing 10 metric tons of rice in an hour.
Ngumbu recalled the annual importation of 300,000 metric tons of the nation’s staple food which cost government a lot, and this can only be reduced by citizens venturing in the commercialization of rice production.
“Our interest is to put cash in the pockets of farmers while helping them to take rice processing from the current to an acceptable level”, he told the participants.
CNFA County Coordinator Shannoh A. Kandoh challenged the participants to take the training seriously as it seeks to enable them to deliver quality while maximizing profit as well as satisfying customers.
The training was focused on entrepreneurship, effective marketing strategy, basic record keeping and environmental best practice in food processing and waste handling.
It brought together rice processors from Foya, Kolahun and Voinjama Districts in Lofa County.