(LINA) - The USAID Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED) in collaboration with the Liberian Government will inaugurate the Liberia Business Incubator (LBI) and Cassava Processing Facility in Lower Virginia, Montserrado County on Wednesday, May 20.
Making the disclosure Tuesday at the Ministry of Information press conference in Monrovia, Deputy Information Minister Isaac Jackson said cassava is Liberia’s second staple crop and one of the primary sources of income for rural farmers.
“Cassava plays a crucial role in food security, especially since it can be harvested before rice which is often planted as a follow-on crop to rice,” Jackson added.
He disclosed that the total estimated production of cassava in 2010 was 493,000 metric tons, most of which was consumed at the household level or traded locally at the surrounding community markets.
According to Jackson, the cassava processing facility will provide farmers from surrounding counties with a critical outlet for locally grown cassava and the opportunity to achieve access to wider markets such as America for cassava production and export.
He pointed out that LBI was created in 2010 to help tackle food insecurity in Liberia and is fully incorporated and Liberian-owned.
Jackson said House Speaker J. Alex Tyler and US Ambassador Deborah Malac will grace the occasion, and urged citizens from all walks of life, including journalists, to attend the event.