The United States Agency for International Development and Food and Enterprise Development (USAID-FED) in collaboration with the Government of Liberia yesterday inaugurated a multipurpose soil science laboratory at Grand Bassa Community College in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Anthony Chan, USAID Mission Director, said the inauguration of the GBCC soil science laboratory is part of the United States Government Feed the Future Program which is aimed at supporting agriculture in the country.He asserted that FED has pursued three inter-related goals as it works to help improve the Liberian agricultural sector and has focused on helping rice and cassava farmers increase their yields and profitability. “It has also worked with Liberian entrepreneurs, particularly youth and women, to stimulate the growth of agricultural-related enterprises. FED has partnered with various government agencies, particularly the Ministry of Education, to help developLiberia’s agricultural workforce capacity,” he stated.The GBCC Science Laboratory is part of the National Diplomat in Agriculture (NDA), a 2-year market driven agricultural program, intended to prepare high school graduates for employment opportunities in Liberia’s agriculture sector.“The NDA program has been established in the four community colleges in Nimba, Lofa, Grand Bassa and BWI,” he said in his remarks.The USAID Mission Director said his government through the FED program is working to develop Liberia’s agriculture sector through several agricultural programs in the country.Mr. Chan encouraged the students and instructors to take advantage of the enriched learning and teaching opportunities provided by the Centers. “We look forward to seeing many successful entrepreneurs emerge from these Centers,” he urged.Agriculture Minister Dr.Moses Zinnah lauded the efforts of USAID-FED through its support to the country’s agricultural sector by empowering local farmers in the counties to promote agriculture in four value chains.He emphasized that without science laboratories it is very difficult for students to have vivid knowledge on agriculture.He pledged to work with partners who are in the country to provide maximum support to the sector to make sure that the country gets on the path to food security.He mentioned active engagement with local farmers in the various counties, working with the caucus engaging private sector involvement among others as his first steps to ensuring a vibrant agricultural sector.“Agriculture is in demand of skilled men and women in the country. In order to promote agriculture we will work with our farmers in the counties that are involved with farming activities to provide more training and empowerment to grow more food that will help improve food security,” he said.USAID-FED’s Chief of Party, Mrs. Agnes Luz, described the science lab as a multipurpose facility inaugurated to empower farmers through testing their soil before planting their crops.Mrs.Luz said promoting agriculture is the goal of USAID-FED and promised to continue working with farmers in the country to boost production in the four value chains including vegetables, cassava, rice and goats.“With this soil science lab, GBCC agriculture students will practically learn the testing of soil, animal and plant samples,” Madam Luz assured.Madam Luz meanwhile clarified that the lab is not only for GBCC agriculture students but will also be used by farmers in the community to test and know the best soil that would yield the desired produce.The GBCC Soil Science Lab is the second that USAID FED is supporting to improve food sufficiency in Liberia since millions of dollars are spent on the importation of food, especially rice, Liberia’s staple food.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
And the Ivorian made the most of the opportunity, tapping the ball between Kevin Omondi’s legs in the 37th minute of the game to hand K’Ogalo their 10th win of the season and retained their unbeaten start to the 2018 campaign.Head coach Dylan Kerr paraded his strongest squad for the tie against the bottom placed Sony but was forced to make a change pre-match with Jacques Tuyisenge being replaced by Guikan after the Rwandese forward picked an injury during warm-up.K’Ogalo utterly dominated the opening half pushing Sony to defend deep. They had their first chance in the 3rd minute when George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo’s cross from the right landed on Meddie Kagere’s path, but the forward could not put his header low with keeper Kevin Omondi beaten to the ball.Sony rarely threatened Gor and had half a chance in the 12th minute when Kevin Oluoch tried ghis luck with a volley from distance, but it didn’t bother Boniface Oluoch in Gor goal an inch.The reigning champions continued to dominate their ‘small brothers’ and they came close on the quarter hour mark when Humphrey Mieno’s shot from distance went over after the Sony defense blocked an Ernest Wendo effort, the ball falling on Mieno’s path.-Omondi saveTwo minutes later, Kagere forced Sony keeper Omondi to a fine save when he pushed his ferocious shot behind for a corner after Sony had lost the ball cheaply 20 yards out.A moment of individual brilliance from Odhiambo almost gifted Gor the opener when the winger took on a brilliant run on the left cutting into the edge of the box with some good footwork, but his eventual shot evaded the target by a whisker.The pressure finally bore fruit seven minutes to the break when Guikan’s outstretched foot from an Innocent Wafula low cross directed the ball between keeper Omondi’s feet.In the second half Sony were spirited to cut the deficit and they came in with pace, but they could not break up the Gor backline. Once, Derrick Otanga managed to weave his way past his markers on the left, but his cross back into the area was cut out by the Gor defense.Omondi who had been brilliant between the sticks for Sony made a brilliant triple save on the half hour mark, first keeping out Francis Kahata’s freekick before bouncing back to save Kagere and Guikan’s efforts from the rebound.-Blackberry chanceFour minutes later, George Odhiambo had a golden chance to take his side two up when a deep cross from Wafula found him isolated at the back-post but he headed across the face of goal.Sony had another rare chance in the 67th minute when Steve Otieno raced away from his markers on the left before delivering a low cross, but Fredrick Onyango’s attempt to direct it past Oluoch in the Gor goal was ruled offside.The Sony keeper continued with his heroics in goal and in the 71st minute pulled off another brilliant save to keep out Kagere’s effort from an Odhiambo pass before rising to block a rebound from Guikan.Kagere should have sealed the tie with three minutes left when he raced into the box from an Odhiambo pass, but his effort went inches wide after sending Odhiambo the wrong way.–Super Cup Gor will now shift their attention to the SportPesa Super Cup on Sunday where they start their title defense against Zanzibar side Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi (JKU).0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia forward Meddie Kagere vies for the ball with Sony Sugar’s Martin Werunga during a Kenyan Premier League match in Kisumu on May 30, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, May 30- Ephraim Guikan scored the lone goal as Kenyan Premier League defending champions Gor Mahia beat Sony Sugar 1-0 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Wednesday to move six points clear at the top of the standings.Guikan had not been lined up to start the tie but was quickly drafted in after Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge picked up an injury during warm up.