Apostolic Pentecostal Church Embarks On Agricultural Project -To Provide Food Security And Personal Income

As Agriculture has been identified as one of the areas to remedy the many challenges facing the country, the Apostolic Pentecostal Church led by Bishop Kortu K. Brown in collaboration with its relief and development arm, Church Aid Inc (CAI) has embarked upon an ambitious project to provide food security and rebuild personal incomes of its members with the importation of some 5,000 packets of varieties of vegetable seeds to help support home and school gardens in the community.

According to a release from the Church, the program will be launched this week Thursday, May 12, 2022, during the formal opening ceremony of the 14th general biennial conference of the church being held with the New Water in the Desert Assembly in Brewerville, Montserrado County.

“This is not just a government’s responsibility”, said Bishop Kortu, adding that is also the responsibility of all Liberians including the religious community.

The seeds procured and shipped by Expressed mail by Seed Program International based in North Carolina, USA arrived in the country last week and were cleared this week just in time for the launching of the “General Missions Fund Drive in Support of Food Production and Food Security Initiatives” in Liberia at the general conference this week.

Church Aid in collaboration with the Apostolic Pentecostal Church International has launched several food security initiatives in the country over the past 24 years since the relief department formation in February 1998. Activities have included the farming of approximately 100 acres of rice in Gbarpolu County, vegetable seeds shipments and distribution including the importation of more than 500,000 packets of vegetable seeds, in the 5 major regions of the country with several Government, NGOs and other religious partners; soybean experimental projects in Bong, Bomi and Gbarpolu Counties, animal multiplication, micro-enterprise development programs, amongst others.

The Apostolic Pentecostal Church is working with other churches and parachurch groups including the Liberia Council of Churches exploring the possibilities for greater involvement of the religious community in helping bolster food security in the country.

Meanwhile, the church commends the Ministry of Agriculture for the issuance of the Import Permit for the shipment of the seeds. “More commitments for seed shipment and/or procurement are being finalized”, according to Bishop Brown who also chairs the Board of Directors of Church Aid Inc.

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