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_img– stress “poor” annual responseCalls are being made to residents of Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice), moreso the Linden community, to support the annual blood drive hosted by the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC).The calls are being made by officials of the medical institution as it continues its quest of saving lives through blood transfusions. In an interview with the Guyana Times, Senior Medical Technologist attached to the hospital, Melanie Sinclair, said response from members of the community has generally been “poor” over the years. She pointed out that there is need for more awareness and education campaigns geared towards motivating people to donate blood. She said more needs to be done in terms of educating members of the public on the importance of so doing.LHC PRO Toshanna Alicock“Because even if you go on television and you say you’re having a blood drive and what is the venue, if persons don’t know why they need to give blood, the importance of it, you find that they won’t come,” she pointed out.She added that the hospital is hoping to expand the blood drive in terms of stakeholder contribution.Meanwhile, LHC’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Toshanna Alicock, said this year, in an effort to improve support for the blood drive initiative, the health institution will be targeting companies to come on board. She appealed to members of the public to show support, noting that one pint of blood can save three lives.“We hope that companies would get on board. We know that they house a lot of employees, so we’re appealing to different companies; that’s the plan. We haven’t sent out official letters as yet, but we’re hoping that the companies would accommodate us…especially corporations… to see how best they can accommodate us for our blood drive this year”, she explained.Alicock said the hospital would also be hosting blood drives at various exhibitions this year. As is customary, she said, the LHC also plans to have a booth set up during the hosting of the annual Linden Town Week event this year to cater for blood donations.last_img read more