Today, February 28, Camp for Peace Liberia concluded a three-day orientation for 35 students enrolled in the Farmer Field School Program at the Farmer Resource Center in Salayea, Lofa County.
According to the calendar of the event released earlier this morning, the program will runs from March 1 – November 30, 2018. The program is designed to provide exclusive general agriculture training in Livestock production, Crop production, agricultural economics, and agricultural engineering. Also, the school will offer leadership development, business entrepreneurship, conflict solution, peacebuilding, etc. The program is also designed to provide 30% theoretical and 70% practical. It is anticipated that students benefiting from this program will use the skills and knowledge to establish agriculture production to boost the agro-industry and enhance food security in Liberia.
Speaking at the occasion, the Program Officer, Mr. Clarence Zowah disclosed Camp for Peace Liberia support package for the students as they embark on this expedition through nine months. He said each student of the program would receive a month allowances of $4,000.00 Liberian along with a starter package of 2,000.00 Liberian dollars each for their upkeep in Salayea. The reason for this allowance is to provide support for the students as they focus on their lesson, Mr. Zowah explained. He also disclosed that every student graduating from the program would have an entitlement to Camp for Peace post-training employment opportunity or they will be supported through a personal project initiative. He said there are currently two post-training projects supported by Camp for Peace Liberia, the Cassava processing plant in Zorzor and the newly established program in Salayea. He encouraged the students to take their studies serious as they work to explore the advance opportunity for them.
Also speaking on occasion was Mr. Tokpa Walawulu, an Agriculturist who served as a motivation speaker. He stated various seasons while students should take agriculture seriously. Mr. Walawulu said agriculture is the engine of peace and stability because when the people have food to eat, they remain sustained in their thinking and stable in their minds and psyche. Secondly, agriculture provides independent and accelerates the development of any nation. He, therefore, encourage the newly enrolled students not to joke with the opportunity that has been afforded them by the Camp for Peace Liberia Program.