Before Agro Inc embarked on our agritourism project, farm stay holidays in the Liberian countryside had been under marketed. Agritourism is a groundbreaking initiative giving non-rural dwellers a countryside experience where ecotourism is linked to agrarian activities.
Our pilot undertaking of an agritourism farm covers 1,300 pristine acres in Sanoyea District, Bong County, Liberia. Located along the banks of the Saint Paul River, the retreat, when complete, will boast cottages for overnight stays, picnic areas both on the hilltop and by the river’s edge, and eco-routes, including mountain bike trails and horse trails, offering ample prospects to explore nature. Among organized activities, visitors will have the opportunity to choose from among learning farming skills, picking organic flowers, fruits and vegetables, touring the honey production facilities, or catching fish off one of several piers. An agreement to develop the grand project was concluded between Agro Inc and a gulf state developer which currently has real estate investments in 28 countries.
The waterfront project is being built in several phases and will include a hotel, a trade fair complex, several restaurants, and a harbor. The agritourism farm will offer tours that allow visitors a general education on the workings of a farm and the opportunity to observe the sowing, harvesting, and processing of locally grown organic foods and crops. It is to include freshwater ponds stocked with fish varieties, as well as a piggery, a hatchery, and areas set aside for cattle and sheep rearing. Most of the ingredients for the restaurant offerings will be selected from the farm stocks.
The goal of Agro Inc’s agritourism farm is to build a synchronized visible identity that links together the food, beverage, farm, sport and tourism industries. It will help to rebrand the interior communities of central Liberia where we have worked for many years under the hospitality of the local population. The pilot farm addresses many mutual goals of land conservation, vital economic development, environmental education, even food security and it also maintains on-farm livelihood transforming the communities’ most natural assets into regenerative, cultural and economic ones.
Agro Inc is especially proud of the social impact of our ecotourism project, and the launch of the construction phase has created another employment opportunity for the local populace. It has reduced poverty to lower levels in the area and our aquaculture activities will produce another protein meal on the tables of the local households. To cater to the visitors, women from the area have started small-scale businesses including selling souvenir items and perishables.