Agro Tech Liberia on Saturday, August 1, embarked on seeds and seedling distribution in Paynesville, Montserrado County as part of its emergency food security initiative.
The organization distributed seedlings of collard greens, eggplant, and seeds of okra, cucumber, watermelon, and water greens to home farmers and non-farming households.
Communities that benefited from the initiative include the Coca-Cola Factory, Fendell Community, Bernard Farm, Duport Road, Pipeline community, and ELWA Community.
“A total of 100 persons benefited from the first batch of free seedlings distribution being carried out by the organization,” Agro Tech Executive Director Johnathan Stewart said.
Speaking during the distribution exercise, Mr. Stewart told reporters that the initiative is his organization’s way of encouraging Liberians to go back to the soil and grow what “we need to eat especially in our urban homes.”
He disclosed that in the coming weeks, there will be additional seedlings of pepper, cabbage, tomatoes, and eggplant that will be distributed to home farmers and non-farming households in Montserrado County.
“We strongly believe that we are at a crucial time with our national food security, a time of emergency that requires everyone taking action to avoid this creeping hunger pandemic,” he said.
Liberia is among 27 countries identified by FAO as countries on the front line of the impending hunger pandemic which calls for a need to strengthen the food production system by increasing local production especially home farming that improves household nutrition.