-says octogenarian farmer
July 11, 2016 By Victoria Saffa
Octogenarian Pa Brima Kojo, says he is confident of eating the fruit of his labour before he dies, thanks to the Smallholder Commercialisation Programme (SCP)/Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFSP) in his community.
Pa Brima owns plantations of coffee, cocoa and oil palm in Kpawama village, in the Bagbo Chiefdom in Bo District. Confronted by the drop in price in coffee and lack of finance to pay for labour, the octogenarian was forced to abandon his farms. That meant he had nothing to point at as social security. Every day, he said, was a nightmare. He defenselessly surrendered his entire plantations, especially the cocoa and coffee, to both human and animal thieves.
Briefed on the SCP/GAFSP restart of operations in the community, Grampa Brima jubilated, proclaiming relief after what he described as ‘long suffering’. “With this good news from the SCP/GAFSP, I now have the confidence that I will eat the fruit of my labour at last before I die,” the octogenarian said.
Brima Kojo is owner of 1.4 hectare of coffee plantation. His farm needs, among other things, urgent rehabilitation, which no one can accord him. His age, coupled with lack of finance to pay for labour, underpin his jubilation over the SCP/GAFSP intervention in his community.
According to him, his dream is to be able to see his farm being rehabilitated before he passes away. “I want to pass on my plantation to my children in a well-kept state when I die, so that they could be proud of me thereafter,” he said.