Liberian Government lauds Libya for support in Self-sufficiency in food Production

The Government of Liberia and the Peopleís Bureau of the Great Socialist Republic of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya have   launched a Green Program   aimed at   promoting agriculture program in Liberia for self-sufficiency in food production.

The Libyan Government has expressed its support and readiness to implement Self-Sufficiency in food production in the country as part of an agreement reached recently between President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and her Libyan counterpart, Colonel Muammar Al-Khadafi.  He said eight tractors donated to the Government of Liberia recently by Libya are aimed at supporting the joint project to further foster the bilateral relations between the two countries.

The launching ceremony, which took place on Thursday, September 11, 2008 at the Ministry of Agricultureís  sub-office in Gardnerville, was attended by several officials of the Liberian Government and members of the Libyan Government delegation to Liberia headed by the Charge dí Affairs of the Libyan Peopleís Bureau, Mr. Mustapha Al-raash.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Liberian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Conmany B. Wesseh, expressed sentiments of appreciation on behalf of President Johnson-Sirleaf to President Khadafi and the Government of Libya for the timely fulfilment of commitment made by that Sisterly Republic.

Ambassador Wesseh praised President Khadafi for demonstrating a great sign of friendship and expressed optimism that the experts from Libya and their Liberian counterparts will work together in the implementation of the Green Program, noting that, the Government of President Johnson-Sirleaf, regards food production as a matter of urgency. He then formally presented the tractors to authority of the Agriculture Ministry.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Al-raash expressed delight and appreciation to the President, Government and People of Liberia for launching the Green Program in the country, which he said will bring about self-sufficiency in food for the population.

Also speaking, Deputy Agriculture Minister, Lwopu Kandakai, lauded the Libyan Government for the gesture, which she said would help to sustain peace in Liberia. Minister Kandakai said due to rising global food crisis, the Government of Liberia under the leadership of President Johnson-Sirleaf considers food production as a national undertaking and major priority during these critical periods.