The Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS), Monty Patrick Jones, said if farmers doubled their production they could stop food importation.
During a meeting with farmers and agricultural groups at the Chinese farm in Kenema, he presented a Le2 million cheque to three farm groups; JMK food, Cowyard Youth in Action and the Sowie’s Council farming group. He did the same to three other groups in Daru, Kailahun District.
The Minister said the direct cash transfer to farmers groups seems to be having a positive effect on competition and production.
He said he loved coming to the eastern region. “The farmers in the east always live up to expectations and they promised to be working hard to lead the country in term of agriculture activities.”
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the Sowie’s Council, Elsie Kondoyoma, called on the government to continue supporting the farmers. “With good support to farmers the country will stand on a solid foundation.” On behalf of the beneficiary farmers groups she assured all and sundry that they use the money for its intended purpose in the interest of the nation.
By Saffa B. Moriba
Wednesday October 11, 2017.