The United States Agency for International Development Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED) has inaugurated two projects in Nimba County costing about US$245, 000 for farmers and students.
The projects dedicated on Tuesday, October 27, are a laboratory at the Nimba County Community College and a cold storage facility in Yekepa.
According to USAID FED Deputy Chief of Party, Boima Bafaie, the establishment of the laboratory is in support of the Center of Excellence, and to enhance the quality of agriculture education in the country and increase the annual yields of farmers.
The Center of Excellence is a two-year National Diploma in Agriculture program initiated by USAID FED and the Ministry of Education at the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) and the Bassa, Lofa and the Nimba County Community Colleges.
He described the 20-foot cold storage facility as “a dream come true for farmers” as Rosna Services Incorporated, which manages the facility, has been empowered to create markets and provide low-cost storage opportunity to farmers in the area.
“With this facility, Rosna Services Inc. can now store fresh vegetables sourced from local farmers and thus have fewer post-harvest losses when storing their vegetables,” the USAID FED official noted.
Bafaie revealed recently inaugurating a similar facility in Buchanan for farmers in that part of the country.
USAID FED is the flagship program under the Feed the Future Initiative in Liberia and aims to increase productivity and profitability of food crops, stimulate agriculture enterprise and build agriculture workforce capacity.
It focuses on staples like rice and cassava and food-based value chains that can assist in improving nutrition and income, such as vegetables and goats as well as support local entrepreneurs.