99-year-old Samuel Mitchell Gbediah of River Cess County
Highlights Agriculture, Road Networks
By: Edwin M. Fayia from Rivercess
Updated: August 18, 2009 – 10:47am News Section:Community News
RIVERCESS COUNTY — A prominent elder and son of a warrior in Gbediah Town, River Cess County, has called on the central government and other stakeholders to prioritize and decentralize the rehabilitation of feeder roads to enhance agricultural activities in the country.
Samuel Mitchell Gbediah, 99, made the statement recently in Gbediah Town, rural River Cess County, in an interview with the Daily Observer.
“The empowerment of farmers in rural Liberia by giving them access to good road networks will enhance the growth and development of the Liberian economy,” Gbediah asserted.
“To date, in the Gbediah Town Community,” he added, “more than 200 farms have been cultivated by farmers of the area. However, the Ministry of Agriculture has not been forthcoming with the much needed assistance, specifically seed rice, over the years.”
Another problem the Gbediah Town farmers are encountering, Old Man Gbediah pointed out, was the indiscriminate manner in which wild animals in the area were eating their rice and other cash crops. He underscored the need for urgent assistance in addressing these problems.
The legendary elder also disclosed that hunters in the area were being harassed by men claiming to be representatives of certain institutions. He told the Daily Observer that farmers in the area were in dire need of farming tools, seed rice, technical support and extension services, including food preservation products.
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