By: King Brown
(Grand Bassa County Correspondent)
A local NGO, Spark Agricultural project will provide ten thousand United States Dollars to ten Liberian entrepreneurs to produce crops in Liberia.
Spark is a Non-Government Organization (NGO) that is fully funded by the European Union, Welthungerhilife, Concern Worldwide, ZOA and Spark Hub-Liberia that is working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture in Liberia.
There aim is to promote corps in Grand Kru, Sinoe, Rivercess, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties for five consecutive years.
Crops include, Moringa, Pineapple, Cassava, Plantain and Legumes.
The Entrepreneurs are specialized in doing mass production in plantain chips and cereal, animal feeding, super gari, pineapple juice, cassava cake, cassava flour, gari processing, among others.
They added that if fully supported by Spark it would help reduce health problems such as eyes sight, high blood pressure, diabetes, malnutrition and breeding animals.
“We have the knowledge and ability to produce more food in Liberia as farmers but we do not have the money to do what we want to do, if Spark help us with the money that we want, we believed that we would be much empowered to make larger farms and produce more agriculture products that would be use in Liberia and other countries as well.”said the entrepreneurs.
Mr. Samson Wonnah, Program Manager of Spark in Liberia said, the organization aim is to promote and increase agricultural production from smallholder farmers.
Mr. Wonnah said the will work with farmers in boosting agricultural value chains , revitalize the agricultural, economic sectors and providing technical support and investment to Liberia’s emerging agro- enterprises.
He ssid they will also increase the utilization of nutritious food by vulnerable households.
“The project is intend to support Liberian Farmers and businesses and enormous potential of the agriculture sector and we are also improving food nutrition for venerable household.” Wonnah added.
According to him, the organization is focusing on stimulating the agriculture sector across seven counties in Liberia over the next five years.”
“The project will strengthen the value chains of at least five strategic crops, increase entrepreneurship, access to finance and to markets and increase utilization of diversified nutritious food among smallholder farmers and target household; this project seeks to improve the knowledge and understanding on good nutrition Mr. Wonnah added.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Wonnah has assured the young entrepreneurs that amongst the 20 of them who presented their business plan, ten would be selected and given not less than 10- thousand United States dollars each to start up with their small businesses.
“if you are not selected today, then there is something you didn’t do rightly, so done feel discourage, go into your room and re-examine yourself, failure today is not the end, and so we will be selecting 10 out of 20 of you who presented your business plan and work with those who would be selected to carry out spark agricultural project in Liberia.”