Farmers in Nimba County Liberia have benefited from a weeklong farming training sponsored by ArcelorMittal Liberia. The training is part of the ArcelorMittal Liberia Conservation Agriculture Program. The training was held in the towns of Seh-tontuo, Suakarsue, Yolowee, and Zualay in Nimba County. Training topics included the concepts of farming as a business and basic principles of marketing.
The farmers training is being implemented by the Rural Integrated Center for Community Empowerment (RICCE). RICCE Administrator, MaryRose S.K. Jacobs, said the training seeks build the capacity of farmers and farming groups and provide them with the knowledge and skills to transform their farming practices into a profitable and sustainable business.
Suah Gbato, a trainee in Seh-tontuo commended ArcelorMittal Liberia and RICCE for the training and support to improve the livelihood of farmers in the county.
Samuel Peter, an agronomist at ArcelorMittal Liberia said the farmers’ testimonies are an indication that the assistance provided by ArcelorMittal Liberia is benefitting the farmers.
Peter encouraged the farmers to maintain the East Nimba Nature Reserve by desisting from hunting wildlife, burning farms, cutting trees in the forest, and other harmful acts that impact the environment.