MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Ministry of Agriculture is expected to hold a National Agricultural Fair beginning February 12-14, 2021, at the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) in Suakoko, Bong County.
The fair which comes after twelve years of dormancy, is in collaboration with the Ministries of Internal Affairs, State for Presidential Affairs, Gender, Children and Social Protection, along with the Cooperative Development Agency (CDA).
Agriculture Minister Jeanine Cooper has named the Deputy Agriculture Minister for Administration, Precious Tetteh,, to lead the coordination and planning of the Fair.
This year’s Fair theme is ”Investing in Agriculture for Prosperity and Development” , as agricultural development is an essential component in the current five-year Liberia’s national development agenda-the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).
According to a release issued Tuesday, February 2, 2021, President George Weah, places huge importance on driving Liberia’s agriculture sector as a major engine of growth, and he will interact with farmers and stakeholders at the Fair to work out means of moving the sector forward.
“Taking Stock of What We Have” is one of the goals of Minister Jeanine Cooper to transform the agriculture sector since her appointment as Minister of Agriculture a year ago.
The Fair will be an excellent forum to assess the food and tree crops grown in Liberia, and there will be competition among counties on their locally grown products and prizes awarded.
Additionally, Liberian agri-businesses will also showcase their plant-based products–food, drinks and cosmetics–locally produced and are being exported.
Farmers, agro-processors, agriculture concessionaires, development partners, financial institutions and agro value chain producers will also attend the fair.
Entirely planned and executed by United Nations agencies and international partners, the last Fair was held in 2008 in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, 70 km west of the Liberian capital, Monrovia.
Liberia’s Agriculture Law, enacted in the 1970s, mandates the Agriculture Ministry to hold an annual National Agricultural Fair, to showcase agriculture produce grown in the Country.