Farmers in Kono, Kailahun and Kenema districts, in the east of the country, will soon receive about 250,000 cashew nut seedlings from Government through the National Farmers’ Association of Sierra Leone (NAFSL) in Kenema city.
This was disclosed to this medium by Ahmed Siaka Koroma, the regional secretary of NAFSL at his Kenema office.
Mr Koroma disclosed that, “Sierra Leone has started exporting cashew nuts to the world market and large quantities were exported last year”.
“Coffee and cocoa have been the major export cash crops in the country but now ginger, sugar, rice and cassava have come on board. Huge quantities have been exported from the country,” he revealed.
The NAFSL’s regional secretary-East said cassava in the form of gari and palm oil were exported to Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, U.S.A. and UK, which had greatly contributed to the economic growth of the country.
“In the 2006-7 season Sierra Leone supplied seed rice to Liberia through the ministry of agriculture in collaboration with NAFSL. There is a trade link between the Mano River Union (MRU) states…,” he stated and appealed to farmers to go through the right channels in transacting business with neighbouring countries.
“Currently, Kailahun district is 90% food self-sufficient in terms of food production and it is above 100% in terms of cassava production. The east is highly-self sufficient in terms of food security,” he noted and attributed these successes to the support farmers were receiving from the government, NGOs and other international organizations.