Yekepa, Nimba — ArcelorMittal’s Vice President for Environmental and Sustainable Development, Grace Barrasso, has confident farmers beneath AML’s Biodiversity Conservation Project (BCP) that the corporate will proceed its strengthen to them so long as it continues mining actions in Liberia.
Madam Barrasso not too long ago visited two farming websites and participated within the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ArcelorMittal Liberia and the Co-Management Committee at the conservation of the East Nimba Nature Reserve (ENNR).
In New Yekepa the place the ArcelorMittal Vice President for Environmental and Sustainable Development visited a swamp rice farm, the farmers excitedly welcomed her, presenting the normal kola nuts as an indication of “pure heart” and acceptance of AML of their group. Additionally, the farmers introduced end result together with bananas as some way of appearing the visitors what they produce and consume of their locale.
There are over 25 farmers in New Yekepa who shaped a cooperative crew referred to as Fia-wa-seh (laziness isn’t just right). During the discuss with, each and every of them expressed how thankful they had been for AML’s biodiversity program and what they want to increase their farming efforts to cut back power at the wooded area.
Speaking thru an interpreter, the farmers jointly stated they had been integrated within the biodiversity undertaking this yr and approaching board is one of nice pleasure for them.
While they’ve their person farmers, the farmers stated they paintings two instances per week on their crew farm, and they’re hopeful of exerting extra efforts to make a bigger farm subsequent yr the place they are able to plant sorts of plants.
To fulfil their pleasure and willingness to have interaction within the Biodiversity Conservation Agriculture Programme, the farmers requested AML to assist construct a garage facility and make to be had some drugs for them.
In reaction to each and every crew throughout the discuss with, Ms. Barrasso confident that the Biodiversity Conservation Program is a major factor of the techniques AML helps and that the corporate will at all times assist farmers put into effect tasks beneath the BCP.