May 8, 2015 By Francis Ndanema
The World Bank Country Team leader for agriculture projects in Sierra Leone, Herdwick Tchala, has said he was impressed with work done by the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI) on rice and cassava.
He was speaking during an inspection tour of Rokupr and Njala Research Institutes.
The World Bank, through the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP), funds SLARI to undertake research activities on rice and cassava with the aim of producing new breeds with better quality.
Mr. Tchala said the project was meeting its objectives as most of the stated goals in the project document had been accomplished.
However, he noted that SLARI and WAAPP should consider restructuring so as to achieve the overall goal of the project.
Director General of SLARI, Dr. Joseph Kargbo, urged researchers at the institute to do a thorough check on new varieties and multiply the seeds before distributing them to farmers.
He maintained that the Ebola outbreak was also to be blamed for having prevented them from achieving some of the project goals.