Harvesting of 500 acres of rice cultivated at Tobada, Taninahun and Rubebu all in the YKK.Kpanga Kabondeh and Kpanga Krim Chiefdoms in the Pujehun District by the F.S Anthony Foundation has been concluded.
Several farmers expressed the hope that the bumper harvest will put an end to the problem of seed rice which most say has partly affected rice cultivation in the District and the country.
The month long Harvesting which was undertaken by local residents and special contingents brought in from Shenge in Kagboro Chiefdom in the Moyamba District can best be described as indeed strenuous and difficult as it was done through local methods due to the problems posed by the harvester.
The Chief Executive Officer of the F.S. Anthony Foundation Frank Anthony called on Government to help step up modalities and timely provisions of inputs especially in the case of seed rice, tools and insecticides.
Speaking further the Project CEO, Frank Anthony pleaded with the Agricultural line Ministries to help boost up the local farmers with income noting that mechanical cultivation of rice can go a long way in boosting the Economy in its totality.
Concluding Frank Anthony reassured all that if contacted by officials the foundation is prepared to make available seed rice as a seed bank for the next planting season for the rest of Pujehun District as a start and for others busy making food sufficiency a reality.
Earlier he lauded the efforts of the local residents particularly the chiefs in various areas of operation and further expressed the hope of expanding out soon.
By Easmon Moiguah