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With ample rainfall, agriculture is the dominant sector in the Liberian economy, accounting for more than half of the GDP. There is a move to establish and link private-sector development to smaliholders and commercial farming. FDI is needed in production of quality assurance and processing of farm materials. The land in Liberia is arable and the economy is agro-based, dominated by small farms and plantations. It is estimated that more than two-thirds of the workforce are employed in this sector.

The government is encouraging investment to boost production. The production of rice, the staple food in the nation, has been expanded through an aggregate private investment of US$32.5 million. The government has also continued to support small farmers by providing the necessary tools, seeds, and modem processing machines that will mechanize production and add impetus to this effort. Large-scale mechanized farming in Liberia has the prospect to support the development of a domestic agro processing industry and increase production of crops such as rice, palm oil, coffee, cocoa, and rubber.

Mangoes, bananas, papayas, pineapples, melons, breadfruit and a number of citrus fruits such as oranges, grape fruits, tangerines and limes, grow throughout the country.

Vegetab1es include hot peppers, pumpkins, cucumbers and cabbages.

A Rice Field in Northwest Liberia
Agricultural tools made in Liberia

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