Christopher Mahn/GNN-Liberia Correspondent (Nimbe County)
The Liberian Minister of Agriculture Dr. Moses Zinnah has admitted the Ministry of Agriculture is encountering series of challenges with the Gbedin cooperative which he claims is delaying the payment process of the 250 metric tons of paddy rice produced by the farming group in Nimba County.
Recently the president of the Dorkodan Farmers complained to Nimba County representatives Larry Nyanquoi and Prince Tokpah that the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture has deliberately refused to purchase their 5000 bags of certified seeds rice produced last farming season.
The Dokodan group leader further explained that the Ministry of Agriculture and her partners promised the group to produce paddy rice that will be purchased for distribution among local farmers in the Country.
Dr. Zinnah who recently hosted a consultative meeting with the Dokodan Farmers’ Cooperative in Gbedin admitted that the ministry is finding it difficult to market the rice because the farmers produced certified seeds for reproduction and not for consumption.
Furthermore, Africa rice Country Representative Dr. Akintire Younuseh used the occasion to clarify that Africa Rice is not accountable for buying the paddy rice from the Dokodan Farmers’ Cooperative in Gbedin.
According to Dr. Younusah, Africa Rice is only responsible for supporting the farmers at production levels, noting that the organization remains loyal in supporting the Dokodan farmers in the future.