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Kenema youth take lead to end rice importation…

over 300 acres farm cultivated

September 9, 2016 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

The Kenema Youth Council has taken the lead to cultivate their fertile land as their own support towards the President Recovery Priority on agriculture.

According to the Chairman of the Kenema Youth Council, Sandy Kongor Sama, they have so far cultivated 300 acreages of rice and cassava farm in all the chiefdoms.

Addressing a meeting over the weekend, Sama expressed his appreciation to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Prof. Monte Jones for reviving their livelihood.

While expressing optimism that his district would emerge first this year in master farming, Sama said they stand the risk of losing their harvested crops if storage facilities were not provided.

“We have successfully done our first application of fertilizer and we will soon apply the second,” he said and appealed to the minister to support them with an Agricultural Complex, where they would acquire new skills in processing and marketing agricultural produce.

Responding, Agriculture Minister, Prof. Jones said he was happy with the determination of especially young people who have the energy to move the country forward.

“I am happy to see that the acreages of rice cultivation are increasing and that is key for the nation. I want you to double production every year. We cannot continue to spend $165million on rice importation every year. We should make agriculture generate income for other sectors in the economy,” he said.

He encouraged farmers to apply good fertilizers, which he said would enhance bumper yield and disclosed that in the near future, a rice mill would be installed in the Kenema district alongside storage facilities for farmers.

Prof. Jones presented a cheque of Le25million to the Youth Council in Kenema as an incentive to help them increase production to feed themselves, their families and the nation.

He concluded by challenging them to flood the market with local rice so that the demand would increase and price reduce.

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