September 7, 2015 By Memunatu Bangura
Participants from different farmer-based organisations in various districts across the country have been trained on how to cultivate healthy crops, especially rice and cassava, at the Ministry of Agriculture Training Center at Makali in the Tonkolili District.
The training was supported by the West African Agricultural Productivity Project (WAAPP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security.
Director of Crops at the Ministry of Agriculture, Henry Kargbo, said the training would help boost food production and provide income for farmers.
Director of Training in the ministry, John Solomon Kamara, briefed participants on the rationale and significance of the training.
WAAPP Project Coordinator, Sulaiman Sesay, promised to explore possibilities to rehabilitate the centre, as well as help farmers’ capacity building efforts in cultivating healthy crops in their various chiefdoms.
He said trainees would be doctors in their vocation, not to treat human beings but to mend plants.
Coordinator for the Smallholder Commercialisation Project, Prince Kamara, explained the importance of Plant Health Clinic, adding that some 50 Agricultural Business Centres (ABCs) have plant clinics.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Ms. Marie Jalloh, said despite the Ebola scourge, the price of rice remained at Le1,000, and commended WAAPP for providing working tools to train plant health doctors.
Meanwhile, acting Executive Director of Producing Monitoring Board, Ms. Haja Kabba, travelled to Kenema and Kailahun districts to distribute food and working tools to cocoa and coffee farmers, to support production activities in the produce season which commenced in June.