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VP Boakai Launches Co-Investment Fund for Farmers

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai has officially launched the Co-Investment Fund (CIF) to buttress farmers’ efforts across the country. The CIF will help improve agriculture in the country and is a US$3 million grant matching scheme that sets aside 30 percent of its investment for women owned businesses.At the launching ceremony on Tuesday in Gbarnga, Mr. Boakai also opened the Bong County office of the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) and the Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA).VP Boakai commended USAID, FTF and the CNFA for the initiative.“The launch of the Co-Investment Fund program echoes the government’s repeated reminders to stakeholders that investment in agriculture should not be considered an exclusive preserve of the government,” he said.VP Boakai said, “We need not look far to observe abundant evidence of the huge role private investment is playing in moving nations to self-sufficiency in food production.”The Ministry of Agriculture, VP Boakai said, is true to its desire to maximize the potential in utilizing all resources available to entice investment from the private sector.He hoped that the initiative will give support to strengthen LADA and USAID goals in the private sector.He said there is no doubt that this is the key opportunity to create awareness of the critical need for the private sector to be involved in the provision of vital inputs like fertilizers, seeds and other agricultural supplies to farmers.“This cannot be the job of government and the NGO/donor sector. And that is why we are so pleased that USAID has earmarked US$ 19.3 million for Feed the Future and LADA activity, which makes for an important initiative to strengthen the provision of private sector services to farmers for fertilizers, seeds and other inputs,” Mr. Boakai said.He disclosed that with the MOA’s leadership, Liberia will maintain and even speed up its march on the course to producing what “we eat and produce. We surely know that the future of our nation lies not in the extractive industries but in agriculture.”“We, therefore, re-echo our gratitude to USAID, FTF, CNFA, and all our farmers for this positive step that hopefully will whip up greater interest of private investors in agriculture. We have high hopes that this venture will be massively rewarding to our national effort at transformation,” he said. US Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elders said US Feed the Future (FTF) initiative seeks to reduce global hunger and poverty by investing in food security and agricultural development in partner countries, and LADA will spur private sector investment in agriculture, reduce post-harvest losses and enhance access.Amb. Elders said LADA works in partnership with the Liberian government towards its Agricultural Transformation Agenda.She said most of Liberian farmers are engaged in farming techniques with little to no access to post-harvest services to boost productivity.The ultimate goal of FTF program she explained is to increase the income of small holder farmers who are key to future economic growth and its task is to increase the number of farmers with access and training to use technologies such as irrigation, high yielding crop varieties and cold storage.“We must improve farmer’s opportunities to store and to sell their increased production by improving rural infrastructure, especially by rehabilitating and maintaining farm to market roads.“As we implement LADA related activities, we must also do everything we can to ensure that the benefits of post-harvest manufacturing processes which increase the value of crops remain in local communities,” she said. Amb. Elders noted that post-harvest activities will produce a multiplier effect in the local economy and improve the lives of farming families across Liberia.She challenged farmers to raise their sights and imagine what is possible with the right mix of agribusiness policies and incentives in their power to do as similar successful farmers who are now yielding good results.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lighter gloves spell quick end of Floyd Mayweather, says Conor McGregor

first_imgMixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor is happy about the switch to lighter gloves for his August 26 fight against undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather and says his opponent will now struggle to make it past the second round.The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Wednesday, just 10 days before the hotly anticipated Las Vegas fight, approved requests from Mayweather and McGregor to wear eight-ounce gloves rather than 10-ounce ones.”That was a good thing for me. I’m very happy with it,” McGregor told reporters on a conference call.Mayweather had nearly all of his 49 professional wins using eight-ounce gloves, which may accentuate one of his advantages – his hand speed.McGregor preferred the lighter gloves since he is used to the fingerless, four-ounce gloves typically worn in MMA.”That’s it in a nutshell, you’ve got pros and cons on both sides,” he said. “Favours us both in certain ways.”I believe now that the gloves are eight ounces, I don’t believe he makes it out of the second round,” McGregor added.”Part of me … kind of wants to show some skills and dismantle him that way. (But) I do not foresee him absorbing the blows in the first two rounds.”While most pundits have McGregor, who has never boxed professionally, as a heavy underdog, the Dubliner said he was determined to prove the doubters wrong.”I’m just looking forward to August 26, going in and proving what I’m saying and educating the world on what martial arts is,” he said. “And earning my respect in this game also.”advertisementThe Irishman said his gruelling preparations for the fight would enable him to triumph no matter how the fight develops.”There is no way in hell that I am not ready to fight in the deepest of trenches in this contest,” McGregor added.”The training sessions and the practice that we’ve been putting in has been through hell and back. We are ready for absolutely every scenario.”I’m ready to go to war for the full 12 rounds and I am ready to put him away in the first 10 seconds. That’s where my head’s at.”Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), followed McGregor on the conference call and predicted the fight could even threaten the reported $600 million haul from the Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao 2015 showdown.”This is the biggest event ever in combat sports history. This is the most distributed event in pay-per-view history,” White said, also citing the additional digital reach.”This thing is in like 200 countries on pay-per-view. Boxing doesn’t usually do a lot of digital. If you’re in Manhattan or on a desert island somewhere, if you have Wifi you can buy this fight.”last_img read more