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LADA Improves Capacity of Vegetable Aggregators and Food Processors

first_imgLife Focus Vegetable Aggregators received a 30Kva generator from LADA.The Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) over the weekend made a donation of two generators worth US$21,100 to a vegetable aggregator and food processor in Margibi and Montserrado counties.The Papé Natural Food Enterprise of Kakata received a 25kva generator, while the Life Focus Liberia Limited of Mount Barclay received a 30kva unit.The generators form part of several other equipment that LADA is currently procuring under its Co-Investment Fund (CIF), a matching grant fund aimed at building the capacities of agribusinesses in Liberia, according to Victor Ngorbu, CIF manager at the LADA program.Ngorbu told journalists during the delivery of the generators that his institution is building the capacity of agribusinesses in order to improve the incomes of smallholder farmers through market linkages and value addition.“LADA intends to enhance agribusiness productivity in the rice, cassava, vegetables, cocoa and aquaculture value chains. These empowered groups are involved in the aggregation and processing of food. We are collaborating with them to procure some machines that will enhance their aggregation and processing capacities. These generators are part of other equipment that will provide them with capacity to produce more food products for the market,” he said.“With these interventions, we expect that the productivity of these plants will increase to enable smallholder farmers to access better markets to earn more money and reduce poverty,” he said.LADA’s model to support agribusiness is meant to sustain them without much assistance from donor organizations in the future, he emphasized.The LADA CIF manager said several enterprises have benefited and others are in the process of benefiting from the initiative.According to a LADA press release, Life Focus Liberia Limited is benefiting from a grant of US$108,000, while Pape Natural Food received US$127,000 under a 50 percent cost-share arrangement, according to a LADA release. Patom Enterprise, another beneficiary in Montserrado County, received a 30kva generator from LADA on Monday.Receiving the equipment, the managing director of the Papé Natural Food Enterprise lauded CNFA/LADA for the high level of support.Joe Togba said the 25kva generator will put his group in the position to intensify the production of more foodstuff for the market.Papé Natural Foods is a family-owned and operated venture with its roots firmly planted in Margibi County that buys farm produce from smallholder farmers for processing.‘‘We have a small and dedicated staff, most of whom are women; ensuring that everyone receives training in all aspects of food processing is important to us. We are looking for more opportunities to work with more smallholder farmers in the future to improve their income generation through value addition,” he said.For his part, the administrative manager of Life Focus Liberia, Gaye Suomie, told reporters that his institution is involved in sourcing vegetables from smallholder farmers and selling them to supermarkets, restaurants, and hotels in Monrovia.“The LADA project donation is greatly transforming our facility in many ways as we are expecting a cold storage container that will improve our processing and aggregation capacities to reach more smallholder farmers,” he disclosed.The LADA program is a 5-year Feed the Future initiative of the U.S government aimed at increasing the income of smallholder farmers through increased private sector investment in the agribusiness sector of Bong, Lofa and Montserrado counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Authorities seek settlements over courts – analyst

first_img…says negotiation more effective in recovering state assetsReports suggested that the State Asset Recovery Agency (SARA) has taken steps to recover assets through negotiation. According to one political analyst, this is something that should have been done a long time ago.In an interview with Guyana Times, Political Analyst and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Henry Jeffrey noted that this is something done around the world when countries try to recover state assets.He noted that investigators may have put the proverbial cart before the horse by arresting persons and approaching the courts without putting effort into negotiation and reaching a settlement.The political analyst pointed to the benefits of going to persons with a figure and negotiating payments to recover the value of the asset, versus going to the courts and possibly getting nothing.“(Only) when the people say no, they’re not paying. But that was political grandstanding. Now they gone back to the very thing they should have done in the first (place). Why you (have to) carry people in front of station, drag them here, drag them there, for something you have now gone back to the very same thing you should have done.”Dr Jeffrey noted that such prosecutions can take years in order to build credible cases. He noted that many countries go the route of reaching out of court settlements, in a way that ensures the state is still reimbursed.“There are examples and precedents all around the world, showing it takes years. Plus you have to get the best people… (SARA) is there to try to get back the nation’s funds. Well that’s what they should do in the first place.”“That should have been the first move, instead of dragging people around and in the end, return to the same (approach) to tell them to pay. Now if they don’t want pay that’s a different matter. But it was political grandstanding.”SARA Director Professor Clive Thomas was quoted saying in sections of the media on Sunday that some persons who were sold land at the Pradoville Two Housing Scheme had chosen to settle with the agency.He had noted that the State Assets Recovery Bill provides for them to negotiate settlements. In addition, Jeffrey revealed that the Police Legal Advisor, retired Justice Claudette Singh had recommended this approach.Recently, audit firm Ram and McRae called for SARA to be scrapped altogether, in its ‘budget focus’ published review of budget 2019. The firm had listed some qualms with SARA, including the agency’s failure to have its annual plan and Code of Practise tabled in the National Assembly.Pointing out that the $285 million the agency is set to receive in 2019 is an increase from last year’s amount, Ram and McRae was critical of this lapse. Also, the firm had been of the view that SARA has failed to live up to its expectations of recovering assets.SARA Deputy Director Aubrey Heath-Retmeyer has previously defended his agency’s performance by noting that 2018 will make the agency’s first full budgetary year. He had said the agency is still in its infancy stages.last_img read more

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