FM, FAO Rep Hold Talks

-Focus On Food Security
Pursuant to a request from the Liberian Government to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to assist the country attain food security and boost rice production, Liberia’s Foreign Minister (FM), Gbehzongar M. Findley and FAO Representative to Liberia, Ms. MariatouNjie, have held talks in Monrovia.
The Government had asked FAO to help ensure that various fruits and food imported or produced in Liberia are safe for human consumption and to also assist in the production of the country’s staple food, rice.According to a Foreign Ministry release Thursday, the two officials held the talks on January 16 when Madam Njie paid a courtesy visit on Min. Findley to hold further discussions surrounding the GOL request.
During the visit, Min. Findley re-emphasized that the Government of President George Manneh Weah was deeply concerned about the quality of food Liberians consume as the backdrop for which the GOL made a request to the FAO to assist in the areas of food safety and rice production.
Min. Findley said, people do not know the safety level of food they eat and that the government was concerned about such, including the quality of water the citizens drink, stressing that this was the key reason for the request.
The Liberian Foreign Minister told Madam Njie that the government looks forward to support from the FAO in the various areas in which the request was made.
Making brief remarks, FAO Representative Njie said, following the request by the Government of Liberia, the FAO has already initiated talks with the Ministries of Agriculture and Commerce and Industry on the matter.
Madam Njie said, the FAO is currently engaging the relevant actors in getting first-hand information on the extent of the situation and the support that could be rendered.

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