This newspaper recalls that once ago Liberia was self-sufficient in rice production, howbeit at the subsistence level. Experts however maintain that rice production costs are likely to remain high until weaknesses throughout the rice value chain are meaningfully addressed. Food aid grants such as the recent Japanese US$2.7 million food aid grant can never solve our problem of food insecurity. The Government of Liberia needs to invest meaningfully in this sector or provide incentives to local farmers and entrepreneurs seeking to invest in food production, especially rice. And so this newspaper, without fear of contradiction declare: Food Self-Sufficiency, Not Food Aid is what we as a nation need most.
Source: Daily Observer November 07, 2018 02:15 UTC