On Friday, July 17, Camp for Peace Liberia dedicated the 2nd cassava processing plant in Salayea Lofa County.
According to B. Abel Learwellie, Executive Director of Camp for Peace, the newly dedicated processing machine can produce 150 bags of processed cassava a day. He expressed his sincere appreciation to the people of Salayea Town, especially the local government, for giving them land for such an impactful project that will sustainably serve the local population of Salayea District. He also encourages the youth to use this window of opportunity to transform their lives from excluded dependent to the inclusive citizenry. He used the occasion to express his sincere appreciation to the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and Steel Workers Humanity Fund of Canada for giving the grant. He quoted the total cost of the grant at USD 5,700 (USD 4,500 for equipment and USD 1,300 for the construction of the plant)
For their part, the Commission and Paramount Chief of Salayea District, Hon. Ben K. Gorlema and Mamatouma Siryon expressed deep appreciation to Camp for Peace Liberia for the resiliency and courage to continue helping young people in the country. They also thank the Donor for making such a grant available for development purposes for Liberian Youth in Salayea and Zorzor Districts. They also encourage the youth to put all the strategies in place to make maximum use of the equipment and work very hard to make their lives better. Both of them made mention of the importance of food security in transforming Liberia’s development plan. They said people without food will always be a problem. Still, if we engage in food production, our development plan will flourish. They encourage the residents of Salayea District to begin bringing their cassava for processing. They encourage farmers to embark on cassava planting as one of the fastest ways to make money and enhance food security.
It was great excitement on the part of the students. Gratitude and hope were being expressed through their look and laughter. Speaking on behalf of the group was the president, Mr. Elijah Varney. He said that their worries about their cassava farm are over. We have planted over 10 acres of cassava, and have been worried about how we would process it. Now with the dedication of these machines, we are relieved of our worries, lamented the president. We also thank Camp for Peace Liberia and the donors for making the fund available. We can assure them that we will make the best use of this equipment