Liberian leader satisfied with development projects in Bong County
Posted January 21, 2009
(MONROVIA-Jan. 18, 2009): President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has toured a number of development projects in Bong County, expressing satisfaction of the level of progress taking place at the sites. An Executive Mansion release says the President over the weekend, toured a Chinese run rubber processing factory in Nyanforla, Salala district, the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), a proposed agriculture technology center, being built by the government of the People’s Republic China and a hybrid rice development project in Kpatawee, also being supervised by Chinese agricultural experts in Bong County.
Accompanied by Chinese ambassador Zhou Yuxiao, the President said the setting up of a rubber processing factory in the country was in line with Government’s efforts to ensure that the capacity of the rubber industry is expanded, through the provision of skills training and employment opportunities for Liberians. Operated by the Lee Group of Enterprises, the President said government will fully support the project because it is in line with it’s determination to have rubber companies process finished rubber products in the country. Speaking of the agricultural research centers, the Liberian leader said, they represent a demonstration of government’s determination to expand the agricultural base of the country through mechanized farming. Chinese ambassador Zhou, said his country remains supportive of government’s efforts to meet its goal of self-sufficiency in food production. Ambassador Zhou put the cost of the agricultural technology center at US $5-million. The Center, he said, will be fully functional in a year and a half, and turned into a commercial enterprise after three years. Liberia is one of thirty African countries benefiting from the Chinese gesture.
The Liberian leader, has meanwhile, lauded war affected youths of Bong County for engaging in productive endeavors. President Johnson Sirleaf described the decision of the youth to become constructive citizens as a move worth emulation. Government, the President said, welcomes such self-help initiatives and will provide the necessary support to sustain them.
Supported by the Bangladeshi battalion, the Bong Agro farm project involves about 4-hundred war affected youth and their families. Presently, harvesting is taking place of 2 acres of swam rice, 3-acres of hilly ground rice, 4-acres of cassava, 3-acres of a variety of fruits and vegetables including watermelon, pumpkin, cucumber, ginger, among others.
“BANBATT-14 is not here only to maintain peace and stability, but working for peace building in Liberia in many ways,” a battalion officer said during the program on the outskirts of Gbarnga. Also speaking at the occasion, the chairman of Youth & Development of Bong County, Mr. Mark Dowee, commended the Liberian President for accepting the youths’ invitation to visit the project site at short notice. He assured the President that with additional support from Government, more youth will join in constructive activities for the growth and development of the country.
The project which kicked off in November 2007 now covers 25-acres of land provided by the authorities of Bong County.
Source: Executive Mansion – Liberia