June 20, 2019
On Friday 14th June, 2019, BRAC in partnership with PICEP Sierra Leone; through the “Sustainable Livestock Development Model for Improved Food Security Project” officially launched the livestock (Goat) de-worming campaign in Konabu community, Nongowa chiefdom, Kenema District.
The event attracted relevant stakeholders from the Ministry of Agriculture & Food Security (District Agriculture officer – Kenema; the district Livestock officers – Kenema, Bo & Moyamba, the District Extension officer – Kenema District), the Paramount Chief – Nongowa Chiefdom, District Council Chairman – Kenema District, Community Animal Health workers (CAHW) and various livestock-rearer groups within Nongowa chiefdom.
The aim of the event was to further promote the significance and ultimate benefit of the initiative; consequently, enhancing absolute support and ownership. The ceremony was a platform for the beneficiaries and stakeholders to share experiences, learnings, suggestions and/or recommendations to further ensure effective and efficient implementation of the campaign.
Taking into consideration the ultimate impact of the (de-worming) approach being one of the best methods to ensure profitable livestock production, efficient feed utilization and weight gain.
In his keynote address, the Deputy District Agriculture officer, Mr. Edward Musa, lauded BRAC Sierra Leone & PICEP for their relentless efforts in supporting vulnerable livestock farmers and the country’s agricultural sector, specifically in sustainable livestock development.
The Regional Coordinator, BRAC–SL Food Security and Livelihood program, Mr. Mohammad Masudur Rahman Akand gave an insight on BRAC’s development initiatives and the project’s evolution; he implored the stakeholders and beneficiaries to take ownership of the project to further ensure sustainability and efficiency.
The event was climaxed with a practical demonstration of the de-worming exercise by senior representatives from MAFS-Livestock unit in Bo, Kenema and Moyamba district.