Agriculturist Predicts Post-harvest Losses In Hard-hit Ebola Zones

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Bong County Agriculture Coordinator Monica Honoree says post-harvest losses in food production are imminent in hard-hit Ebola communities.

“Food shortage is imminent in all Ebola-affected counties in the country,” she stressed.

She disclosed that the Ministry of Agriculture is currently negotiating with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for cash through the village saving loan scheme to help farmers recover from the effects of the Ebola disease.

Honoree told the Liberia News Agency in an interview Saturday that the ministry will supply farmers with seeds to help them sustain their farming activities.

She emphasized the need for government and partners to employ programs that will address the needs of farmers across the country.

Meanwhile, Ms. Honoree has lauded Liberians for showing a high level of appreciation through demands shown for locally produced rice processed and bagged by the Agriculture Ministry.

The rice is sold on the Liberian market for US$15 or its Liberian dollar equivalent for a 25kg bag, she said.