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India donates half million dollars worth of bio pesticides and sprayers to Liberia

Govt. Liberia
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The Government of India has donated an assortment of bio pesticides and sprayers to the Ministry of Agriculture worth over half a million dollars.

The pesticides and sprayers (manual and motorized) were presented today to the Liberian Government by the Indian Ambassador to Liberia , Her Excellency Shamma Jain at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Agriculture Complex in Gardnersville.

In her remarks, Ambassador Jain said the donation was her Government's initial contribution to contain the spread of the caterpillars that recently invaded several towns in three Counties of Liberia that destroyed crops and polluted running waters.

Recognizing the crucial role of agriculture in the National Economy, the Indian Envoy said she was very pleased with the huge progress that have been made in this sector over the years and said her Government appreciates the level of reconstruction and development presently taken place in the country.

She recounted the cordial ties between Liberia and India and reaffirmed her government's continued support to further strengthen the cooperation for the benefit of both countries.

Receiving the items on behalf of Government, Deputy Foreign Minister for Administration, Johnson Gweikolo, said the donation will help tremendously to combat the pests that challenged the sector recently.

The Deputy Foreign Minister said the bilateral ties between Liberia and India can be measured by the level of assistance being provided to Liberia especially in the areas of education and agriculture.

In continuation of this relationship, Minister Gweikolo noted that India has been actively involved with the development of Liberia in several other areas.

He said the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has brought credibility to Liberia and its people who can now manage their own affairs with honesty and professionalism, which is manifested by the growing interest from friends as well as bilateral and multilateral partners.

Acting Agriculture Minister Borkai Sirleaf thanked the Indian Government for the donation and promised to use the items judiciously to combat the caterpillar infestation.

Acting Minister Sirleaf said although we are challenged by the maxim, "grow what we eat, eat what we grow", more importantly, agriculture is a business that can put food on our tables and money in our pockets.

The bio pesticide, named Azadhiractin Indicus, is non-toxic that does not attack good pests and does not destroy the soil.

The handing-over ceremony was graced by the Indian Consul General to Liberia, His Excellency Sinjh Jeety, and senior staff of the Ministry of Agriculture including, Deputy Ministers Lwopu Kandakai, James Logan and Peter Korvah, among others. Reports, Arthur R. Tucker