Liberia: Ministry of Agriculture Approves US$2M Grant Applications To Promote Farming


MONROVIA – The Funds Advisory Committee (FAC) of the Liberia Agriculture Commercialization Funds (LACF) has ended its first sitting with the approval of twenty-three grants for agrienterprisees, collectively with smallprimarytainer agricultural producers and processors.

LACF is the physique that manages the matching grant factor of The agricultural Financial Transformation Enterprise (RETRAP) and the Smallprimarytainer Agriculture Transformation and Agrienterprise Revitalization Enterprise (STAR-P). Each tasks are funded by the World Financial institution, and the Worldwide Funds for Agricultural Enchancment (IFAD) funds some factors of the STAR-P. The tasks are managed by a Enterprise Implementation Unit (PIU) of the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA). The approval was carried out in A gathering that was held on Monday, August 22, 2022 at An space lodge in Monroby way of.

Component two of both tasks assists an enabling environment that promotes the enhancement of productiveness, rivals, and market entry by way of alliances. Working with the MOA by way of the PIU, the LACF ensures the efficient and environment nice supply of matching grants to agrienterprisees, collectively with smallprimarytainer farmers and processors with by way ofble and worthwhile enterprise plans who additionally show thOn They’ve the performance to match the grant although belongings and money, and are involved with any of the tasks’ worth chains or crop collectively with cassava, oil palm, rice, rubber, piggery, poultry and greens or acceptable agricultural inputs.

Grant purposes evolve from the counties by way of a system assisted by the newly recruited Industry Enchancment Service Suppliers (BDSPs) and get processed for screening and approval for currentation to the FAC.

Delivering the opening remark, the Deputy Minister for Financial Administration On the Ministry Finance and Enchancment Planning (MFDP) Hon. Augustus J. Flomo said the movement of reviewing the purposes and approving grants for agrienterprisees was An important piece of the nation’s economic enlargement program. “I am notably joyful that We will primarytain this meeting right now In any case of the efforts Which have been employed To Guarantee We current Definitely one of the biggest alternatives to our agriculture sector actors. We can now chart the course of structuring the needed assist into an organized method That permits for the sustained augmentation of manufacturing, enhancement in livelihoods of farmers and processors, and finally a extra vibrant financial system Which will thrive on agriculture”, he said.

He referred to as on the PIU and the MOA to provoke clear, clear and sustainable communication mechanisms To guarantee beneficiaries and wouldbe beneficiaries thOn the exercise is factual, addressing the considerations of fraud and misinformation, and steerage To understand Definitely one of the biggest Outcome.

In her assertion, Agriculture Minister Jeanine M. Cooper said The current of grants to the beneficiaries will bridge the hole that exists between largescale farmers collectively with concessionaires and smallprimarytainer, empowering the later To enhance and be extra aggressive. “Farmers On this class have On A daily basis struggled with entry to finance to allow them to increase their movements to desired ranges. I do know this as a Outcome of I used to be into cultivation and manufacturing prolonged earlier than turning into minister. I am glad that We now have gatright hered right here Since the physique Which will approve The primary bash of funding assist for deserving farmers to strengthen their already strained efforts to make the sector a by way ofble one Which will drive our nation’s financial system”, she said.

Beneficiaries that have been appoved will acquire between US $15,000 and US $200,000 every as grants To reinforce their manufacturing performance And cover The worth of completely different agric-associated funds. An Unbiased Funding Committee (IIC) forwarded 38 Funding Memoranda to the Fund Advisory Committee (FAC) for approval, with most purposes originating from Nimba, Lofa, Margibi and Bomi Counties.  The FAC accredited 23 of the Funding Memoranda and instructed thOn The completely different investment memoranda be restructured To deal with system-particular, not enterprise-particular challenges.

The FAC, which is The very biggest choice-making physique for the fund management, is chaired by the Ministry of Finance and Enchancment Planning (MFDP) by way of its Minister Hon. Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., wright hereas the Ministry of Agriculture recurrented by Minister Jeanine M. Cooper is the co-chair. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI), Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs (MOS) and the Nationwide Funding Fee are members of the committee. Others embrace the Central Financial institution of Liberia (CBL), Liberia Financial institutioners’ Affiliation, Liberia Industry Affiliation (LIBA) and Deloitte West Africa which is the fund supervisor.