The Honorary Consul General of India to Liberia, Mr. Upjit Sachdeva, has pledged India’s willingness to build the capacity of extension workers and agricultural technicians from African countries wishing to pursue advanced studies in that country.
Mr. Sachdeva said his long stay in Liberia has helped increase his understanding of the agriculture sector. He promised to communicate with his government to provide more training in the
field of agriculture technology which, he noted, is critical in boosting food security in Liberia.
According to a Ministry of Agriculture press release issued here Tuesday, the Indian Consulate made the statement Monday at the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) in Bong County at a reception hosted in honor of several Liberians who studied in India in various agricultural disciplines.
They studied at the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), in Rajendranagar, India, under the US-India-Africa Triangular International Program.
Also speaking at the program, the Director of MANAGE of India, Dr. Chandra Shekara, said the satellite training was meant to build the capacity of extension workers who coordinate farmers’ activities with national government.
“When farmers are encouraged to produce more food it will alleviate food insecurity in countries with high malnutrition rate, dietary deficiency and low productivity,” said Dr. Shekara.
“While in India the recipients underwent fourteen intensive capacity-building courses and when used will benefit the nation’s agriculture sector,” he added.
For his part, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) agriculture development specialist Mulbah Jackollie told the gathering that the U.S. government was always willing to strengthen Liberia’s food security as well as build the capacity of farmers’ service providers to prepare them to feed the nation.
He said USAID stands ready to facilitate the training of agricultural extension workers, who will share lessons learned with other extension technicians and women farmers in the counties.