-Agric. Minister urges farmers
September 9, 2016 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security has urged farmers across the country to do all they can in saving the country from spending lots of money to import rice, which he said has a very low nutrient compared to the local rice.
Sierra Leone is spending over $165million to import rice on an annual basis with little done to ensure that the local rice is consumed on a larger scale.
Professor Monty Jones over the weekend presented cheques totaling Le300, 000, 000 (three hundred million Leones) to farmers in the Western Rural, Kenema, Port Loko and Kambia Districts respectively as incentives to help them increase production.
He noted that farmers were capable of turning things round in agriculture production, while pledging his ministry’s continued support to ensure that farmers achieve success in local produce.
The Agriculture minister appealed that eighty percent of all agriculture devolved funds must go direct to farmers.
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“The monies we are giving to farmers serve as an incentive to enhance effectiveness and efficiency. This will also help to stimulate those that are out of agriculture to come onboard and those that want to leave the profession to come onboard,” he said.
According to Prof. Jones, he has succeeded in bridging regional barriers to ensure that farmers across the country become dedicated and committed to help achieve President Ernest Bai Koroma’s recovery priority on agriculture.
Farmers across the country have pledged their willingness and commitment to flood the market with local rice and other commodities like cassava and sweet potato.