first_imgThe Green Coast Agriculture Project (G-CAP), a local non-governmental organization (NGO), working in Liberia’s agricultural sector, has stressed the need for the establishment of a center that will provide agriculture business services to local farmers in Bong County.G-CAP’s program coordinator Francis Bendoe told the Daily Observer recently at his Gbarnga office that  a survey conducted in the county shows that local farmers are in need of business services that will help improve their productivity.“The sole purpose of the Enterprise Services Center is to provide agricultural business development services (ABDS) to farmers and rural entrepreneurs to start-up or expand their commercial businesses,” Bendoe said.He stated that services will include training to promote entrepreneurship and  to improve business planning and management skills; technical advice on production and postharvest handling; collecting and sharing market information and marketing ideas; assisting clients in the preparation of  business plans and loan applications to access credit and providing access to agro-equipment and transport services among others.According to him the establishment of the ESC will help to improve food security and reduce poverty in the lives of Liberian farmers.Mr. Bendoe mentioned that once a center is established in the county, farmers can access those needed enterprise services, adding that the significant of the center has prompted the local authorities of Bong County to donate a piece of land to his organization to construct the center.Commenting on the extension services rendered to farmers, he mentioned that they have reached ninety-five communities in five districts in Bong County with extension services to strengthen the skills of subsistence farmers.Meanwhile, the G-CAP program coordinator said that the lack of logistic is a serious constraint facing his organization.“We want to appeal to the government and its partners to build our capacity with logistics to enable us reach more farmers,” he pleaded.Bong County is one of Liberia’s productive agricultural regions situated along regional development corridors of Liberia, crucial in promoting intra and inter-county commerce. Farming activities in this growth corridor are expected to improve food availability and access for Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgWhile commissioning Guyana’s first boardwalk, on Sunday at the Golden Beach in Bartica, capital town of the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region Seven, President David Granger charged the mayors and town councils across the country to follow the lead of the town of Bartica in its pursuit of initiatives which not only promote the ‘green’ agenda, but add to the aesthetics of the environment.President David Granger giving brief remarks at the commissioning of the new boardwalk on the Golden Sands Beach in BarticaCommissioning of the boardwalk — lighted by solar electricity and having a number of seating areas — drew the usual large crowd, there for the annual Bartica Easter Regatta, and President Granger said the facilities Barticians are now enjoying should be replicated across Guyana.“Bartica is dear to my heart,” he said. “You are now a town, something that should have happened more than 100 year ago; but it is now irreversible and unchangeable, and you can look around and see the changes that the Town Council has made in two brief years.“Mayor [Gifford] Marshall and his Deputy set out to establish a clean, ‘green’ and safe town, and they are well on their way to achieving that objective. This is a model, and I wish that every other town should emulate this example.  Most of (the other towns) are waterfronts, and this is a joy to see. Bartica is a model, and I am vindicated in making Bartica a town and giving Bartica the name, ‘a clean, ‘green’ town’,” the President said.President David Granger interacting with visitors and residents of Bartica at the annual Easter RegattaMayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshall, in his remarks, said the Mayor and Town Council is working assiduously to ensure that it achieves the mandate of becoming the first ‘green’ town in Guyana and the Caribbean. Importantly, too, he said Bartica has a role to play in tourism in Guyana if it continues on its current developmental trajectory.“Bartica can become the tourism capital of Guyana. We are working to ensure that our true potential is met. We are working to ensure that we enforce a ‘green’ agenda. We are working to ensure that there is a good life for all. Let us continue to work for the development of our town; and, most importantly, let us work for a better Guyana.“We have unveiled our first boardwalk. Next year we will (add) an extension, and His Excellency will declare open the extension. These projects are here to show not just what we can do, but (they are) a pillar of development. It places us on the centre stage of the Caribbean and the world,” Mayor Marshall said.Bartica resident Roxanne Jardine, in an invited comment, said that, like the Head of State, she, too, is pleased with the developmental works that have been taking place in Bartica.“This is a great and big change for us here in Bartica; this boardwalk. We feel different. It’s less crowded and confusing out here, and cleaner; and we welcome all of the infrastructural works. This is a real change in 2018 from the time I have been living in Bartica, and I definitely look forward to seeing more changes in the near future,” she said.Commissioning of the new boardwalk was done on the sidelines of the annual Bartica Regatta, and in referencing that event, the Head of State posited that the sport has continued to grow from year to year, with it now become a national and international event.However, he noted that it is his desire to see the participation of the villages in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni region.“Regatta is moving from a local festival to a global festival. I want to see more participants from all over the region all coming to make this a more massive festival. Let’s have swimming, canoeing, boat racing, and all the other water sports we have,” he suggested.Mr. Rod Henson, Country Manager for ExxonMobil Guyana, who is in the region to partake in the festivities, said he is impressed with what he has seen so far, even as he noted that he was encouraged by friends to go to the event.“This is my first time, but I am having a blast. It is absolutely a great environment and great people and lots of sun, so it’s a great day for racing. When I got the opportunity to come and see, my wife and I decided to come, and it is fantastic; and I wish many more people could come out and see this,” he said.Nazir Baksh, who is visiting Bartica with his family from Canada, said that while it is his first time, he, too, is impressed with what he has seen over the weekend.“It is my first time in Bartica. It’s really good. We are enjoying this; the seating and the accommodation, the boardwalk… We are definitely encouraged to come back,” he said.last_img read more