Liberia’s New Agriculture Minister Vows Sector Overhaul For Food Security, Job Creation

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News in Brief:
– Liberia’s new agriculture minister plans to overhaul the sector for food security, youth employment, and increased rice production.
– His strategy involves an audit for efficiency, policy enhancements, and empowering youth through job creation in agriculture.

Newly appointed Liberian Agriculture Minister, Dr. J. Alexander Nuetah, has outlined a plan for Liberia’s agricultural sector, which prioritizes food security, youth employment, and increased rice production.

The plan aligns with President Joseph Boakai’s national development agenda, which placing agriculture at the center of Liberia’s economic future.

Specifically, the new agriculture minister’s plans include a comprehensive audit of the ministry to streamline operations, boost efficiency, and ensure proper alignment with its goals. Nuetah declared that the administration aims to make agriculture the ‘cornerstone’ of Liberia’s economy.

Additionally, policy enhancements and farmer support are planned to boost overall agricultural productivity.

Dr. Nuetah also revealed that the ministry aims to create jobs in agriculture by increasing staple rice production by 50% within five years. Explaining further, the new agriculture minister stated, “it is not just about sowing seeds; it’s about growing our economy, people, and nation.”

Ultimately, Liberia’s government’s development agenda prioritises agriculture alongside key areas like education and infrastructure. This agenda received unanimous support from the House of Representatives, reflecting the shared importance of agriculture in national development.

Joseph Akahome
Joseph Akahome
Joseph O Akahome (OJ) is a writer, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Literature from the University of Benin. He is an avid agriculturist, with a bias for poultry and an insatiable appetite for chicken wings. When he is neither reading nor researching, he likes to spend recreational time playing board games, or swimming in serene forested lakes.


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