Gov’t to Increase Budget for Agriculture

first_imgPresident George M. WeahPresident George Weah has reiterated agriculture as critical to the transformation of Liberia’s economy. As such, the President said his administration is rationalizing government’s expenditures to put more money to the sector to improve food security.He made the pronouncement on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in his pre-recorded nationwide address.The President presented his speech against the backdrop of the mounting economic hardship facing the country where prices of basic commodities are sharply rising to the detriment of ordinary citizens.He added, “We are delivering a new and improved fiscal policy that will be announced with the passage of a credible national budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. In the last several years, we have passed a budget that exceed our revenues potentials. We are now working together with counterparts in other agencies of government to pass a realistic budget.”“To achieve this,” the President said, “We will require sacrifices from all, because our actions will involve reform of our large wage bill, rationalizing government’s spending to put more resources to critical areas like health, education and agriculture.”Experts in the sector said since the end of the Liberian civil crisis (1989-2003), the country’s budget for agriculture is yet to align with the mandate of African leaders to allot 10 percent annually, this many stakeholders anticipate adherence.Up to current, the budget for agriculture remains at 3 percent annually with additional funding coming from external sources such as the World Bank, the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), African Development Bank and donor countries.However, despite these external sources for agriculture, experts are of the opinion that growth in the sector still remain elusive as smallholder farmers are faced with numerous challenges.It can be recalled that the President lamented the low agricultural productivity during his second annual message to the joint session of the 54th Legislature on Monday, January 28, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ADAM’S STUNNING PICTURES CAPTURE MOMENT NORTHERN LIGHTS FLICKERED BACK INTO VIEW OVER INISHOWEN

first_imgNorthern Lights, Dunree, Copyright Adam PorterTHESE were the moments brilliant Donegal photographer Adam Porter found the flicker of the Northern Lights back above the skies of Inishowen.Adam took the snaps from Dunree.Scientists believe 2013 could be a great year to see the Northern Lights over Donegal. And that could see a repeat of the visits of tourists last year.“The pictures are incredible,” said Jenny McNally from Inishowen Tourism.“Adam’s photographs have been seen around the world. And every single frame shows off our county once again.” ADAM’S STUNNING PICTURES CAPTURE MOMENT NORTHERN LIGHTS FLICKERED BACK INTO VIEW OVER INISHOWEN was last modified: February 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ADAM’S STUNNING PICTURES CAPTURE MOMENT NORTHERN LIGHTS FLICKERED BACK INTO VIEW OVER INISHOWENlast_img read more