The Acting Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security, Alie B. Mansaray early this week told members of parliament to hold them to tax if they fail to perform their duties as Ministers.
He made this statement during a sensitization meeting of members of Parliament on the implementation of the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) in Sierra Leone. He proudly and emphatically stated that is ministry is determined to implement the four main pillars of CAADP. He went further to disclose to MPs that the entire sub-region has recognized the effort his government is making in the drive to achieve food security.
Explaining his Ministry’s determination to achieve food security by 2015, the minister told Members of Parliament that government has put in place a lot of structures particularly those that center on the commercialization of agriculture in the country.
He went on to underscore that the only way farmers will impact positively on the lives of farming is for them to be provided with the necessary support like infrastructure and means of processing their products.
Responding to the Minister’s submission, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on agriculture; Hon Sofian Kargbo said that the huge attendance of MPs at the meeting is a clear manifestation of the political will on the side of Parliamentarians to show that agriculture is given the priority it deserves.
He pledged the unflinching support of MPs towards food security drive in the country. He encourages the Ministry to support farmers to grow other crops like maize and corn in large quantity.
The Committee chairman urged the Acting Minister to ensure that Parliamentarians are involved in the entire agricultural process starting from the planning stage up to implementation stage.
By William Freeman