Veteran Bureau Sends Out SOS, Appeal For financial Assistance To Grow More Food – By Stephen Doito

Rudolph Kolako, Who some time ago assumed the task as Director General of the National Bureau of Veterans Affairs (NBVA) has sent out a sos-appeal to the Government of Liberia, Non-governmental organizations as well as key stake holders in the agriculture sector to help provide funding to NBVA, thereby buttressing its agriculture initiates.

Making the disclosure at NBVA’s demonstrative farm in Compound #1, Grand Bassa County, Hon. Kolako also made a direct appeal to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Program (WFP), to help subsidize or provide some funding to the bureau, something which he said will enable NBVA graduate from demonstrative farming to mechanize farming.

“Demonstrative farming is not something we are looking at for now, but instead we are trying to use this project if we have the support from government and other NGO that will give us the maximum support to take this project to an advance level,” Kolako noted.

“Some of our major constraints are the fact that all of our farm managers are expert who have served the bureau and were trained in countries like; China, Japan, Korea and other places but we do not have the means of putting them on salary.”

The NBVA Boss wasted no time in expressing thanks and gratitude to the leadership of the county, stressing, “We are thankful to the people of Grand Bassa especially Compound #1  that availed this opportunity to us for this land that we are occupying today.”

Visibly elated, he expressed optimism that the bureau is looking forward to this dry season which will enable the farm managers to complete the other portion that will match the 125 acres of land, thereby renewing calls that the issue of agriculture should be seriously prioritized.

Similarly, Peter M. Bonner, Project Manager, disclosed that 125 aces of NBVA’s land has been cultivated with cassava and rice covering 4.5 and 0.5 hectors while several veterans including five (5) women were currently implementing  the project.

Also, Mr. James Morlu, Senior Agriculture Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture, said the initiates undertaken by NBVA was a laudable venture and promised to submitted to the Ministry of agriculture the need assessment of the project. He said MOA will continue to collaborate with NBVA in making sure its vision is realized.

Hon. Rudolph Kolako, a retired general and former Commanding General of the defunct Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has over the last few months made a number of significant progress at the National Bureau of Veterans affairs, especially the implementation of a new Data Base System which was desperately needed by the bureau the fully function.

The National Bureau of Veterans is empowered by an approved July 22, 2008 Act to advocate on behalf of all veterans to whom the definition “Veterans” may apply. The Act also authorized and empowered the bureau to take any action or actions consistent with the laws of Liberia necessary and proper in the interest of the veterans for the active operation of the bureau.

It can be recalled that NBVA successfully completed a three (3) months intensive vetting procession in Liberia for widows of ex-service men of the defunct Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL). The Vetting exercise began on December 15, 2010 as a result of a presidential mandate.

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