The paramount chief of Luawa chiefdom in Kailahun district, Mohamed Banya IV, has exhibited over 250 bags of clean native rice harvested from a 150-acre of upland and 45 acres of swamp.
After the exhibition the chief took the director of agriculture and food security, Philip Conteh, and the district information officer, Solomon Rogers, on a conducted tour of the farming communities in Nganyahun, Gadorhun and Kissi Kenema Sections where over 70 workers were busy working on the various palm-oil, cassava and rice farms.
According to PC Mohamed Banya, “farming is a means of livelihood for myself, family and subjects”.
PC Banya explained that Sierra Leone needed food diversity to provide balance diet for both consumption and commercialization. He added that part of the cassava would made to ‘gari’.
As a way of embracing the cultural value system, the chief has already provided the women on his farm with five bundles of zinc to erect a ‘bondo house’ in Nganyahun village. He has also created employment for a number of youth on his rice, cassava and oil palm farms.