The Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (F.A.O.), Mr. Addeke Boerma, arrived?
The Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (F.A.O.), Mr. Addeke Boerma, arrived in Liberian on Wednesday (March 10) for an official tour. His visit to Liberia, the first he has made there since becoming Director-General of the F.A.O. in 1968, is part of a tour including Ethiopia, Ghana, The Ivory Coast, Upper Volta and Nigeria.
SYNOPSIS: The aircraft carrying Mr. Addeke Boerma, Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation touched down in Monrovia on Wednesday to be met by Liberian and U.N. officials.
Mr. Boerma's visit to Liberia is his first since he took up his po??? in 1968. It's part of an official tour of a number of African countries.
On Thursday, Mr. Boerma went to Johnsonville where he paid a visit to the Liberian University Agricultural training centre.
The U.N. chief was greeted by FAO field workers and the director of the training centre. Mr. Boerma was accompanied by university and government officials.
Mr. Boerma toured the centre and saw some of the students working on the experimental crops planted at the farm. The centre offers a year training course to workers in any government or private organisation to enable them to participate in agricultural and forestry programmes.
The training emphasises rice production which is a staple Liberian product. Students are taught how to instruct farmers in methods of rice cultivation.
Students learn not only in the lecture room, but in the field as well. Earlier in the day, Mr. Boerma met officials of the Liberian Department of Agriculture for talks on Food production in the country. Mr. Boerma's tour is also taking him to Ethiopia, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Upper Volta and Nigeria.