Liberia, Ghana sign Technical Corporation Pack for certification and testing of fish for EU export market

LIBERIA – The government of Liberia through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) and the Ministry of Commerce have signed a Technical Cooperation pack with the Ghana Standard Authority as a temporary arrangement for the certification and testing of Liberian Fish and Fish Products for export to the EU market. At the same time, Liberia has sent two technicians from the Commerce Ministry to Brussels to undergo training for the REX Program (Registered of Exporters) so that the REX program can be maintain and implemented in Liberia. These are…

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Liberia Agricultural Commodity Regulatory Authority revises cocoa regulations

LIBERIA – The Liberia Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (LACRA) has revised the cocoa regulations governing the sector to suit local exporters. This follows the Senate issuing a directive to the regulatory body to revise the policy as the cocoa regulations have gone through serious criticisms in recent time by cocoa farmers and stakeholders with concern that the regulations were not in the interest of the many actors in the cocoa sector. Some of the amendments undertaken according to Dr. John S. Flomo, Director General of LACRA are, export license fee…

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Japan, Liberia sign agreement to boost local fishing industry

LIBERIA – The Government of Liberia and the Japanese government have signed a grant agreement for the supply of 400 Motorize Yamaha engines to local fishermen in Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa and Rivercess Counties. The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority, Mrs. Emma Glassco noted that the that the donation will be used for the improvement of artisanal fishermen catch and subsequently phase out paddling canoes.” “Fishing is a vital social-economic activity for thousands of Liberians and fishing related activities contribute to the livelihood of…

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FAO, United Arab Emirates invest US$4m to support women in agriculture in Liberia

LIBERIA – The United Arab Emirates signed a Memorandum of Understanding with FAO to invest US$4 million in Liberia to help the rural women develop sustainable agribusiness models. The funding will support poultry and vegetable production using solar energy as part of the UAE’s ongoing humanitarian works to empower women across the world. The contribution which comes from the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will be managed by FAO and Masdar Future Energy Company, a renewable energy company based in Abu Dhabi. Masdar will provide solar energy…

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Malaysian Sime Darby to close operations in Liberia in restructuring strategy

LIBERIA – Sime Darby Plantation, a Malaysian oil palm planation company has disclosed that it will be closing its operation in Western Liberia by the end of this year in a move that seeks to improve the company’s balance sheets. The company said that it will divest its assests in Liberia by end of the year under the group’s asset monetization strategy under which sale proceeds will be used to cut borrowings, reports FrontPageAfrica. The company has employed over 1,700 workers in the region contributing not less than US$1.2 million…

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Liberia partners FAO to strengthen fisheries research and capacity building

LIBERIA – The Government of Liberia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to strengthen research in the fisheries sector. The partnership will focus on fisheries independent stock assessment using a fisheries research vessel named Dr. Firdtjof Nansen, to enhance small-scale fisheries and capacity building. The MoU, signed by the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) on behalf of the Liberian Government, will also support the application of the ecosystem approach to fisheries management considering the climate and pollution impacts. Fisheries…

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Liberia partners with FAO to launch an integrated sustainable rice project

LIBERIA – The Liberian government in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched an Integrated Sustainable Rice System Development Project aimed to boost production. The project was launched at the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) in Suakoko District, Bong County through financial support from the Government of Japan with the FAO providing technical support. Victor Kolleh, National Project Coordinator at the Ministry of Agriculture, said the project is geared toward enhancing the productive capacity of smallholder farmers to sustain and increase productivity of rice. Kolleh…

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Kenya lifts ban on Uganda poultry products, eyes wider dairy market

KENYA – Kenya has lifted the ban on poultry and poultry products from Uganda that was imposed two years ago following the outbreak of viral influenza disease in Uganda. Harry Kimutai, Parmanent Secretary in Livestock department, said that Kenya recently received official communication from Kampala, Uganda highlighting measures put in place to control the viral influenza disease that led to the ban. “I can confirm that it is now official that Ugandan poultry products can be exported to Kenya without restrictions that have been in place for nearly two years,”…

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World Bank launches US$25m project to support Liberian farmers

LIBERIA –  The world bank has approved a US$25 million International Development Association (IDA) credit set to benefit over 17,500 smallholder farmers through Smallholder Agriculture Transformation and Agribusiness Revitalization Project (STAR-P) of Liberia. The Daily Observer reports that the funding is aimed at facilitating increased productivity of smallholder farmers for commercial purpose through the STAR-Project. The 5-year project is expected to increase agricultural productivity and commercialize selected value chains rice, oil palm and horticulture in the country “These farmers will, accordingly, benefit from increased income accruing from productivity increases and…

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FAO and MoA inaugurate a new veterinary laboratory in Liberia

LIBERIA – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with Liberia’s Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) has inaugurated the a refurbished and equipped Central Veterinary Laboratory (CVL) at the University of Liberia’s Fendell Campus. The facility was funded by USAID, through FAO’s Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) program, an Observer report reveals. Equipped with modern diagnostic equipment, diagnostic kits for priority zoonotic diseases, reagents and consumables, the laboratory has the capacity to diagnose zoonotic diseases, and other Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs). It utilizes bacteriological…

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