By: Josep Titus Yekeryan (Bong County)
An innovative young Liberian from Bong County Samuel Babajuah, has called on citizens of Liberia to unite and go back to the soil.
Mr. Babajuah speaking to KMTV on one of his farms in Belequelleh Clan said, going back to the soil can be the only option that will help reduce hardship and the level of poverty in Liberia.
He said Liberia is a country of less than five million people, therefore, it is very much frustrating for the Country to be depending on other populated Countries like China and India for the importation of its stable food.
According to Mr. Babajuah, uniting and going back to the soil will be in the best interest for the Country and many people will become self-employed and not depending on government all the times.
According to him, Agriculture is an important element in the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) because it provides employment and income for many.
Mr. Babajuah told Journalist that there are many young people in Liberia who can help to move the country forward through agriculture adding that “maximizing the usage of the soil can build the Liberia we want because farming can put food on your table and money in your pocket.”
He said if at least 50% of the Country’s population gets involved into farming activities, it will be a significant contributing factor against food insecurity.
He added that hunger is an issue of growing concern nationwide, and farmers can play a critical role in helping individuals families gain access to healthy, fresh, locally produced food.
“Producing at least our stable food (rice) can help boost our economy, you are aware that Liberia spend over $200 million to import rice annually. Therefore, if we are producing food to the extend that some will be imported meaning we can have over $400, million through the ministry of agriculture both from exportation.
Right now, the Country’s budget is little over five hundred million United States Dollars so if we are able to get such an amount from soil, our National budget can increase to a billion Dollars” he added.
Mr. Babajuah said, as a youth of Bong County, he will continue to invest in the soil to help people who are struggling to help themselves.