“Our soil is rich,” “The soil is a bank,” “Get back to the soil!” These are common slogans by Liberians and some agricultural institutions in appreciating support for agricultural productivity in this tiny coastal West African nation which is indeed endowed with immense natural resources including gold, diamond, iron ore, and other forest resources.
Allocation of only one percent of the national budget to agriculture is quite an injustice to the sector that contributes more than 40 percent to national GDP.
An investigation conducted by The Bush Chicken has established that scores of livestock in Lofa died from Peste des Petit Ruminants, or Ovine Rinderpest.
Food self-sufficiency is still a long term goal for Liberia. Amid calls for Liberians to begin consuming locally-produced crops, there are indications that the country is still far from achieving its goal of food self-sufficiency.