A three man consultant team from the European Union led by Mr. Patrick Amah is currently in Kenema city on feasibility study on the agricultural sector with funding from the European Union (EU).
The visiting team is working closely with key stakeholders in the city and the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) including other donors, NGOs and Research Institutions especially the private sector to work in line with the development priorities of the agricultural sector.
Speaking to the press the head of the team Mr. Amah disclosed that the focus of their mission in Kenema is to establish the private sector in the cocoa and coffee industries so that the farmers can benefit adding that the STABEX project is the starter.
At the office at the Resident minister east at Maxwell Khobe street in Kenema, Hon. William Juana Smith thanked the team for their visit adding that it will be a good relief for the people of the eastern province when it starts in the middle of 2010.
The minister stated that it is government’s intention to diversify agricultural production and ensure that the people focus more on agricultural activities than mining.
At the Welt Hunger Hilfe STABEX Project office along Reservation road in Kenema city where the team first paid a visit, the Welt Hunger Hilfe STABEX Project Manager Franz Mostel in his address to the team gave a brief over view of their activities, experiences and the way forward in the cocoa and coffee projects in the country.
The team was later accompanied by the Assistant project Manager of Welt Hunger Hilfe STABEX Project Emmanuel Kwasi Yankson to the Kenema District Council (KDC) office along Maxwell Khobe street, the Gola Forest Programme office along Dama road, the Millennium Cocoa Growers Cooperative office along Dama road and Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food security office in Kenema city.