Liberia has signed a project aimed at increasing animal feed through corn production. The signing ceremony which took place in Monrovia will be implemented by the Liberian government through the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Agriculture and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The country’s Internal Affairs Minister Honorable Varney A. Sirleaf and Acting Agriculture Minister Honorable Ernest J. Clarke signed for Government, while Madam Mariatou Njie, FAO’s Country Representative signed for her organization.
Corn is used in poultry diets because it has good energy content and it is easy to digest. But, the procurement of corn feeds is mostly done from neighboring Guinea and Cote d’lvoire at a high cost.
According to a release from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the project seeks to address and ensure increased and sustainable production of maize to support the production of livestock and poultry feed at an affordable cost. It is envisaged that when corn production is increased, local feed producers will have reliable and stable supply of corn for feed production.
The release said the project will also increase the profit margin of both feed producers and poultry farmers.
The project valued at four hundred thirty-six thousand United States Dollars (USD436,000) is expected to be implemented over a two-year period( September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2021). As the poultry production will be carried out, a complete market analysis will be conducted as a mechanism to link or connect maize producers to animal feed processors units.
According to the project document, the corn production project is also expected to become a model for the restoration of communal farming in counties and districts. The communal farming Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs will collaborate with the Ministry of Agriculture and FAO to ensure successful implementation of the project on the ground.
Under the terms of the agreement, Internal Affairs Ministry will ensure that the designated parcel of land for cultivation in each locality is owned and given by the communities. It was agreed that there will be construction of processing facilities with storage and drying slides among others.