Monrovia - The challenge to improve agriculture productivity in Liberia has prompted President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to launch the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce on Agriculture and Agro-Processing, a six month action plan and roadmap that will last from January to June 2016.

Assistant Agriculture Minister for Technical Services, Chea B. Garley Jr., revealed to FrontPage Africa recently that lot of constraints have been highlighted in the plan, outlining research as a weak system that poses impediment to the agriculture sector. He said it was frustrating for to Liberia to brag of a single research institute, The Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI).

“A board has already been formed which is about now developing a master plan. But the reason I’m flagging this is that if you have a very good research system, you will have varieties that will enhance production,” Minister Garley noted, naming drought and flood among other natural circumstances as conditions that pose serious difficulties to agriculture productivity.

The Assistant Agriculture Minister further registered that deforestation remains a paramount concern to the Agriculture Ministry. Minister Garley disclosed that the Ministry of Agriculture is currently engaged in identifying lowland ecosystem in ensuring that they are well layout as part of its pilot project across Liberia. In the same vein, the Ministry of Agriculture has revealed its engagement in creating awareness on the control mechanism against future rainfall that will serve as an embarrassment to agriculture.