The United States Agency for International Development Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED) has dedicated a Modern Science Laboratory for use by students of the Center of Excellence at the Lofa County Community College (LCCC).
The laboratory, valued at US$70,000, is the fourth to be constructed by USAID FED as its support to a two-year National Diploma in Agriculture (NDA) program.
The Center of Excellence is a collaborative effort of both the Ministry of Education and the USAID FED intended to raise the standard of agriculture teaching in the country.
In remarks at the ceremony on the main campus of the LCCC in Voinjama Tuesday, USAID FED Deputy Chief of Party Boima Bafaie said the NDA is a market-driven vocational program that prepares Liberians for a career in agriculture, and urged students to take advantage of the available opportunities.
He added that the lab will afford farmers the opportunity to test their soil as a means of selecting the right kind of crop for high yield.
He then lauded the level of cooperation and reiterated the US Government’s commitment to working with Liberia in helping to achieve her development goals.
In remarks, Lofa County Senator George Tengbeh cautioned students to add value to the facility as a motivation to the provider to increase support to the college.
He expressed optimism that the new technology will increase the level of food production and enable the county to maintain its place as the ‘bread basket’ of the country.
Similar Science Laboratories have been dedicated in Nimba, Margibi and Grand Bassa counties, with the LCCCs being the final in keeping with the program.
The USAID FED project is a US$75 million project of US President Barrack Obama’s Feed the Future program.
The project promotes value chain in cassava, rice, vegetable and goat production and operates in the six counties of Lofa, Bong, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado.