Agric. Minister promises farmers post-Ebola incentives


February 10, 2015  By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security has promised farmers his ministry would support them with imported high yield rice and fertilizers, as part of post-Ebola support to the sector which has been seriously hit by the outbreak.

Addressing farmers in the Kenema district, Dr. Joseph Sam Sesay paid tribute to them for having ensured that the sector does not collapse during the outbreak.

According to him, his visit to Kenema was to monitor development in tree crops and assess how his Ministry would support farmers with post-Ebola package.

“Though the Small Holder Commercialization Project has ended, my ministry has in place another programme to support farmers with feeder roads, improve on tree crops plantation, and construct more community banks and Agriculture Business Centres across the country,” he said.

He said for the fact that farmers are coming together to cultivate cocoa and coffee to make profit was a laudable venture, as the cash crops would yield them high value in the international market.

Dr. Sesay expressed his delight that there has never been food shortage during almost nine months of Ebola outbreak, notwithstanding major challenges facing the sector.
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He thanked farmers that are helping President Koroma achieve his dream in the Agriculture sector, encouraged them to continue the good work and assured them of government’s continued support.

During his visit, the Minister had the opportunity to assess Tree Crops Rehabilitation projects that were funded by IFAD and Welt Hunger Hilfe (WHH) in Pendebu, Ndawebu, Kamboma, Ngiema and Talia villages in the Kenema District.