Agric Power To Transform Liberia To Over US $10 Billion
– In GDP in Five Years through Agriculture.
Agric Power Africa, an international Organization in the Country has disclosed that it will transform Liberia to over $10 Billion United State dollars in to Liberia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) within five
Speaking yesterday at a news Conference following a closed door meeting with authority at Ministry of Agriculture in Gordonsville, the Chairman of Agric Power Africa, Mr. Aroms Emmanuel Aigbehi said that Agriculture holds huge potentials for earning untold revenue for Liberia as a country and for individuals.He said in West Africa food import alone is over $40 billion USD yearly, with Nigeria alone at over $22 billion noted that this number is rising yearly.
According to him, the result shows that many food items in West Africa including Liberia are priced the same as in the USA or any European countries adding that “this makes the cost of basic food items
inaccessible for the people hence, the economy cannot sustain itself”.
“Despite the prevailing, we believe Liberia can overcome her food problem and gain food security with the right attitude towards agriculture within three years” Mr. Aigbehi said.
Speaking further Mr. Aigbehi indicated that there are huge potentials in adding value by processing and packaging of food produce stressing that there exist huge markets for well processed exportable spices and herbs which can be produced in Liberia such as pepper, ginger, turmeric, nutmeg etc.
He said that Individuals as well as organizations that engage in these agricultural values chain businesses will be successfully and accumulate huge wealth.
Mr. Aigbehi noted that Liberians face uphill battle to engage in any aspect of Agriculture because of series of mitigating factors.
“Many of these problems are so huge and complicated that a single individual who is passionate about agriculture may not have enough money, time, contacts, skills and other resources to leverage the
potentials in Agriculture to create wealth” He said .
He emphasized that to overcome these problems, there must be a concerted effort through cooperation of like-minded people and organizations prepared to harness their skills, knowledge, contacts and money, and form an investment platform which can leverage the full potential of agriculture in Liberia adding this is where Agric Power Africa, Liberia comes in.
The Agric Power Africa Chairman explain that the NGO can leverage on the skills, knowledge, contacts and money of participating partners to create a modern and sustainable agribusiness that will compete in
the global market place.
“With the ‘grouped’ resources, the related businesses will be able to engage the services, expertise and technology of world leading players in agribusiness to create world class agro-industrial villages across
the country” He noted
Mr. Aigbehi said that this will help create jobs, alleviate poverty and create wealth in Liberia through agriculture which will help boost the government pro poor program.
He said that Agric Power have ambitious plan for Liberia. Liberia will be Agric Power house for West Africa and become a net exporter of food in three years.
“We are sure that with the support of this administration, we will be able to realize these objectives and the implementation of this plan will enable the government of Liberia to build further, attracting more investments and funding into Liberia He said.
Mr. Aigbehi pointed out that there is a urgent need for food security, national development and further political stability in Liberia that will lead into a new phase of national development.
“We have mapped three other countries in Africa that we would like to start this project. These include Ghana, Ivory Coast and Angola. However, we felt due to the challenges Liberia have had in the past
several years that it will be great to change the narrative in Liberia and help create a Liberia that the people would be proud of” He said.
He furthered that, Agric Power programs will compliment greatly the Pro Poor initiative of the administration to help reduce poverty in the country and provide employment to the people of Liberia,
especially for women and the youth.
Mr. Aigbehi also said that by collaborating with their partners all over the world, we can provide the needed education, resources and encouragement to help the large population of Liberian youth and women to be productive in agriculture and gainfully employed in the next 24 months which he said will provide further economic and political stability in the country.