Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is admonishing Liberians to boost the country’s economy by investing in the agriculture sector.
Speaking to reporters recently in her hometown Bomi County, ex- President Sirleaf said, agriculture pays and creates lots of job opportunities for citizens.
According to Madam Sirleaf, when Liberians’ attention is drawn to agriculture, Liberia will start to experience rapid development in all of its sectors.
The former Liberian leader told journalists that after she handed power over, she immediately went on her farm where she was already involved in making palm plantation.
She said, she has started harvesting of palm on her plantation to make red oil and sell portion of the harvested palm per tons to the Mano Palm Oil Plantation.
The ex-President Sirleaf disclosed that she has employed many citizens residing in her hometown Julujuah and its surrounding towns and villages in Tehr District, Bomi County.
Madam Sirleaf revealed that she planted over sixty thousand palm trees on her farm.
“Citizens living both abroad and in Liberia can take advantage of the soil to get involved in the planting of cocoa, palm and other life-time crops because Liberia have a good soil for farming,” Madam President encouraged her compatriots.
Our Correspondent said, upon his visit to the homeland of the former Liberian president, she was seen harvesting palms with her workers on her plantation in Bomi County.
It can be recalled that since 2010, the coming of Sime Darby Oil Palm Company to Western Liberia, most high profile government officials and common Liberians have built interest in agriculture, making palm farms and other crops plantations.
Some of those top former and current government officials include Madam Sirleaf, former Vice President Joseph Boakai, ex-House Speakers J. Alex Tyler, Edwin Melvin Snowe Jr., former President Pro- Tempt of the Liberian Senate, Armah Z. Jallah, Senators, Representatives and County Superintendents as well as local County officials of Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu.
Their involvement in establishing palm farms and plantations has created jobs for many citizens residing in Western Liberia.