No amount of subsistence or traditional farming will lead this nation to a success story in the drive of food security. With such in mind, the President Ernest Bai Koroma envisaged a vision for the tractorization of agriculture for the country to before less dependent on the outside world, produce rice on a massive scale to meet the nation’s demands and guarantee export.
Inline with the President‘s Food Security drive for Sierra Leoneans in the near future, Vice President Samuel Sam Sumana as the Second Gentleman and Principal Assistant to the President has set the pace with the cultivation of eight hundred acres of rice farm that is now due for harvesting in his home Chiefdom of Sandor in Kono district.
The project which, started in April this year, has been described by the Kono people as the largest farm ever owned by an individual in the District’s history.
The Vice President’s visit to the farm was preceded by the presentation of an award for his contribution to the promotion and commercialization of agriculture in Sierra Leone.
The award was made by WFP in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture at the World Food Day celebrations held at Magburaka over the weekend at an impressive crowded ceremony to mark this year’s UN World Food Day celebrations. The award was accompanied by an offer of five hundred acres of farm land to the Vice President by tradition rulers in Bombali District.
In an exclusive on the spot interview at his farm, where the Vice President was accompanied by a galaxy of dignitaries, party stalwarts from Freetown and Kono, the Vice President said he deems it necessary to set the pace as part of the leadership for the followers to emulate. The Farm, he added, is therefore a complimentary effort to President Ernest Bai Koroma and the Government of Sierra Leone so as to have a success story in terms of the President’s Food Security drive and to also ease the burden on the government and in the process, save the needed foreign exchange earning and overcome our dependency on the outside world to feed the nation.
The Vice President said that it will please the President to see his followers to take the lead in a positive way to set examples for the people to live a better life in line with his Vision for a better Sierra Leone.
Touching on his farm project, VP Sam Sumana disclosed that the next phase of his rice project will be extended to three thousand five hundred (3,500) acres of land and that the five hundred acres at Bombali will be for other agriculture produce, including vegetables.
He envisaged that his farming project will demonstrate to the rest of the Kono people that their district is not only endowed with fertile soil for diamond, but equally so for agricultural development.
He therefore advised Sierra Leoneans especially ministers, parliamentarians and civil servants to embark on agriculture, noting that in place like USA, China and India, Agriculture is equally important for the enrichment of people as white collar jobs.
In a special message to the Kono people, VP Sam Sumana reiterated that diamonds, unlike agriculture, are not forever and admonished them to turn their attention from mining to agriculture which he noted will never be deceitful to those who seek it.
The VP’s weekend visit to Kono where he was received by a cross section of dignitaries, witnessed the funeral of the late former APC Minister Sahr Washington Gandi Capio at his Home town of Kayima, Sandor Chiefdom after a well attended funeral service at UMC Church, Koidu Town.
Vice President Sam Sumana’s latest visit according to Political Observers has now laid to rest misleading newspaper reports that he was snubbed by his people.
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