From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, Geko Boosts Agriculture in Bombali.
By Bampia Bundu
Dec 2, 2010, 17:08

Geko-Sierra Leone, a Non Governmental Organization, has recently donated two grater machines, assorted tool kits plus 5.5 acres of cultivated cassava farmland to the people of Rogbin village in the Gbendembu Ngowahun Chiefdom, Bombali District in northern Sierra Leone.

In a Four-day training exercise in cassava processing and preservation for beneficiary farmers, Councilor Mamoud Kargbo of the Rogbin Ward in Constituency 033 admonished the participants to embrace such developmental opportunity accorded them by the NGO. He in that vein encouraged them to use the equipments and machinery judiciously. While thanking the organization for the supply of equipments and training facility to the beneficiaries, he emphasized on the need for a periodical monitoring exercise to maintain sustainability.

The associate director of Geko, Mr. Isheka A. Turay gave a brief highlight of some of their current activities in promoting agriculture in that part of the country. He commended the beneficiary communities for their commitment and involvement in the success of their projects.  He also encouraged the beneficiaries to be enterprising by embracing what he called ‘the new value added project aimed at complementing President Koroma’s Agenda for Change.’

Presenting the items to the beneficiaries, the Executive Director of Geko-Sierra Leone, Isatu Z. Konteh, reiterated that Geko-Sierra Leone is working towards the achievement of the government agenda in development. She said the training programme would help the unskilled to acquire knowledge in cassava processing and preservation.

On behalf of the beneficiaries, Marie Foray expressed appreciation to the organization for supporting and empowering them, while promised that they would use the donated items for their intended purposes.

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