As Liberians reel under looming food scarcity,
Agriculture Minister, Dr. Florence Chenoweth Tuesday said there was a dearth of jobs at her ministry which has “no space to absorb” every ‘agriculture graduate’.“It really bleeds my heart because when I studied agriculture, I didn’t have that problem. The government absorbed everybody, and we were not even enough.“So I wish I could absorb all of you but we can’t. We don’t have the space,” Dr. Chenoweth said Tuesday at the University of Liberia as she launched the “Private Sector Internship Improving Workforce Readiness in Agri-Business”.The program, which is sponsored by the USAID Food and Enterprise Development (FED) project, aims at developing the working skills of students in the agricultural sector for their future empowerment.The government and other partners have continuously urged Liberians to focus on agriculture in order to ensure food security and sustainability in the country.Dr. Chenoweth thanked USAID-FED for the internship program, and urged the students to consider themselves “privileged” to be included on it. “You have to consider yourselves…young men and women, my children, you have to consider yourselves privileged. When you walk out of here, just say I am privileged. Because there are thousands out there that don’t have the privilege that you have been given today.”“When you go out there, you take the job seriously. I had only four that I put to the World Food Program, they (WFP) sent them back; ‘your people have failed. Your people have failed they have no interest.’ Please don’t let them say that about you,’” Dr. Chenoweth warned the internees.