Liberian Farmers Practice Protected Cultivation for More Income

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Vegetable farmers in Liberia face many challenges when it comes to growing vegetables. Due to torrential rain fall in almost all parts of the country, vegetables usually don’t grow well.  In fact, few farmers grow vegetables for commercial purpose during rainy season.The majority of the farmers who grow vegetables during the rains are subsistence farmers who do so alongside their rice crops, for home consumption and surplus for the local markets.A group of vegetable farmers comprising of 20 persons on  the outskirt of Monrovia, known as the Mawah Vegetable Farmers Association, has gotten the opportunity to produce vegetables all year round through the practice of protected cultivation (rain shelter) for improved yields and increased profits.Together, the vegetable farmers and the Food and Enterprise Development Program (FED) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) put an area of the farm under protected cultivation in order to grow quality crops,  particularly during the rainy season. The greenhouse-like structure helps farmers protect valuable produce from pests and heavy rain damage. At the same time, it is equipped with drip irrigation which provides sufficient moisture to the crops during the dry season.In Liberia very few farmers are engaged in such practice of producing vegetables. FED /USAID is currently assisting 20 farming groups to benefit from this improved technology.The Mawah Vegetable Farmers Association was established in 1997 to supply vegetables on the local market. After receiving assistance from Chinese agriculture experts, the group got involved in producing high-value exotic vegetables, like tomatoes. But this effort did not last for a long period of time as the Chinese experts left the country.In 2013, the vegetable farmers began partnering with USAID FED to boost production and marketing of their vegetables. The program introduced high quality seeds and fertilizers, and provided training in good agricultural practices as well as market linkages for their produce.“It is interesting to grow vegetables under the green house. Currently, we have sowed tomato and cabbage seeds that will give us more money when taken to the supermarkets,” says Alexander Moah, lead farmer of the Mawah Vegetable Farmers Association.Moah said funds generated from the sale of vegetables produced from the green house will go towards empowering members of the organization to expand their individual farms.Though the growing of vegetables under the Green House is interesting to the local vegetable farmers, marketing was another challenge faced by the farmers until the intervention of USAID FED.Prices are not standardized, and farmers feel cheated by traders in Liberia, especially during the rainy season when there is a surplus of vegetables on the market. But the Mawah farmers have learned something about cultivating vegetables for the local market. At first, the group planted mainly indigenous vegetables, realizing small profits. After planting exotic vegetables, the group saw demand as well as their profits rise.“Planting pepper and bitter ball will not give us all of the profit we need, except during the dry season when vegetables supply is low and prices are more attractive,” says Martha Flomo, a member of the Mawah group.“Through the assistance of FED /USAID in linking us with the various supermarkets in Monrovia, our earnings from the sale of vegetables have increased by 85 percent,” Moah disclosedlast_img read more

Datebook 2/14

first_imgTODAY Valentine’s Day luncheon, 10:30 a.m., Sparr Heights Community Center, 1613 Glencoe Way, Glendale. Call (818) 548-2188. Valentine’s Day kids event, 2-5 p.m., Delano Recreation Center, 15100 Erwin St., Van Nuys. Call (818) 756-8529. “Have a Heart” sweetheart gala, 6 p.m., Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive. Call (661) 253-8082. Glendale Quilt Guild will meet, 7 p.m., Glendale Public Library, 222 E. Harvard St. Event includes a guest speaker. Call (818) 249-4742. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DDTV: Donegal woman surprises sister in hilarious homecoming!

first_imgNichola Cunningham from Kilcar probably wasn’t expecting to be cursed at the moment she surprised her sister after coming home for Christmas, but it makes for a very entertaining video!Ciara Cunningham was at work when her older sister Nichola made a surprise entrance. Ciara’s reaction was a mix of hilarious shock and happiness to see her sister again.Speaking to DonegalWoman.ie, Ciara said that she hadn’t been expecting Nichola home for Christmas this year. Nichola has been working in Australia for the past five years, and hadn’t been home for a Christmas in four years. “I’m delighted to have her home,” Ciara said, adding that Nichola is planning to spend her Christmas break with family and friends.“Nichola can’t wait for a home cooked Christmas dinner at our mum and dad’s and having all the family together. Of course, she will be heading out a few nights with all our friends to catch up with everyone she hasn’t seen for a while.”DDTV: Donegal woman surprises sister in hilarious homecoming! was last modified: December 20th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHristmasDDTVHOMECOMINGlast_img read more

ExBrighton star wary of Eden Hazard threat

first_imgGary Chivers believes it’s essential that Brighton & Hove Albion find a way to stop the ever impressive Eden Hazard ahead of today’s game against ChelseaThe Seagulls will host Chelsea at the Amex Stadium looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Burnley.The last time Brighton faced Chelsea at home came in January, where they lost 4-0 after Hazard’s brace.And Chivers, who played for both teams in his playing career, warned Brighton they must find a way to stop the Belgian superstar this time around.“From Brighton’s perspective it’ll be a tough one because although Chelsea are a side who’ve been a bit indifferent in recent weeks, their last performance in the league against Manchester City was a great one,” Chivers told the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The side took their chances last weekend – Eden Hazard playing up front was their trump card in many ways because not many people expected that.“Most would assume that either Olivier Giroud or Alvaro Morata would play as a striker, but Hazard went into that role. He had pace either side of him and when they had the ball it really looked dangerous.“Hazard drifts into spaces between the back four and middle four, you don’t want him running at you with the ball because he’s one of the best players in the Premier League – if Albion are to get a result then they’ll have to stop him as well as being solid overall defensively.”The Brighton-Chelsea match will begin at 14:30 (CET) today.last_img read more