February 19, 2015 By Alusine Sesay & Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh
The Chinese Agro Technical Team in Sierra Leone has supported over 50 farmers in the Ogoo Farm community with 165 bags of fertilizer to facilitate maize farming, as well as provided them with kilograms of hybrid rice.
This was disclosed to Concord Times’ ‘Focus on Agriculture’ by Daniel Yambasu, who is the Extension Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, attached to the Ogoo Farm community.
He said the Chinese intervention has helped farmers meet their felt needs as well as aided them increase agricultural yield.
Ogoo Farm, he said, is one of the most developed swamps in the country after it was irrigated by the Chinese government, but noted that house construction in the area was greatly impacting the flow of water from its natural source.
Kallie Conteh, a backyard farmer and Secretary to the Councilor of Ward 334 in Constituency 93, said he has been farming since he was in his teen and that Ogoo Farm leads in backyard farming in the Western Area.
Conteh said they practice seasonal farming and cultivate rice during the raining season and vegetables in the dry season.
He told Concord Times that he derives sustenance from backyard farming and that they are being supported by Concern Worldwide and Save the Needy Sierra Leone.