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IFAD boosts Radio Bintumani

October 20, 2015 By Victoria Saffa

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), through the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS), over the weekend donated office equipment worth US$20,000 to Radio Bintumani in Kabala, Koinadugu District.

The equipment donated include 150 plastic chairs, two sets of LCD television, medium size public address system, two sets of indoor air conditioners, two sets of outdoor air conditioners, one laptop computer, one projector and stand, one 400-liter deep freezer, 200 watts stabilizer, 8KVA diesel generator, three DSTV dual package with six months subscription, one external hardware, and a multi-purpose complex hall for the radio.

Speaking during the donation ceremony, Agriculture Officer and Head of District Project Coordinating Unit (DPCU) at IFAD said the donation came through the National Project Coordinating Unit (NPCU) which was created by the Ministry of Agriculture with support from IFAD to empower four radio stations in Koinadugu, Kenema, Kailahun and Kono districts to enable them disseminate information to farmers on the effect of climate change.

He called on the beneficiaries to use the equipment for their intended purposes, noting that there would be no development without communication.

Director of Communication at IFAD, George Williams, said the donation to the radio station was inspired by the need to inform farmers about the dangers of climate change, and how and when they should farm.

He said felling sticks and planting on crops uplands would result to climate change, but expressed hope that with the help of the media farmers would appreciate the effect of climate change.

According to Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at IFAD, Amara Kallon, the Ministry of Agriculture created an agency – NPCU – to implement the project, with support from IFAD, as many people regard agriculture as a risky enterprise.

He said IFAD, through the NPCU project, has opened 17 banks in remote communities and 51 village banks, thus helping farmers to get loan in doing their farming.

He said they have constructed 1,200km of feeder roads in the four districts, and pledged continuous support to radio stations because “communication is power”.

After receiving the items, Chairman Board of Directors of Radio Bintumani, Alusine Deen, thanked IFAD for the donation, and promised that the radio station would continue to broadcast daily news and disseminate pertinent information to farmers.

“The relationship between IFAD and the radio will continue to exist and we are always ready to work with them,” assured Deen.

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