Ensuring farmers have access to reliable, affordable and effective farming machineries, the Ministry of Agriculture on Tuesday 3rd September 2019, created the platform for Marlin Limited to show case their items to over more than fifty farmers across the country. According to the Director of Extension, who is working directly with the farmers at the Min. of Agriculture, Aiah Joseph Tholley, the food situation across the country is their major concern, but they realize they cannot handle it alone without the farmers intervention.
He disclosed that the Ministry aims at engaging partners who can bring portable machineries that can be utilized by farmers without any difficulties, disclosing that the purpose of the engagement is for the farmers to see and know about the machineries and other farming tools that are being offered for sale by Marlin Limited.
Tholley called on all other major stakeholders involving in farm machineries to bring them to the Ministry for possible partnership as their aim is to encourage farmers to embark on mechanized farming so that the country will start exporting rice again. Presenting their products to the farmers using a power point presentation, the Manager of Marlin Limited, Maame Asieduah, disclosed that their products (Mzanzi tractors) are manufactured in South Africa with the ability to operate under any weather condition in Africa. She disclosed that their vision is to provide agricultural tractor and machinery designed to empower the small, medium and large farmers as a first step to enhance mechanized farming in Sierra Leone. “Our vision is in line with the government agriculture initiative to help farmers achieve high productivity’” she assured, disclosing they hope to establish regional service centres to support farmers with the products and also train youths as operators and mechanics at the service centres. Explaining about the products, she disclosed that they offer seed planting machines, tiller tractors, water irrigation system, solar water pump system, rice mill machines among others together with spare parts. Maame said their products can meet the demands of farmers at very cheap rates with durable life span and high quality that can operate in most severe weather conditions with very low fuel consumption. The farmers called on government to come to their aid by giving duty waivers to business people dealing in agricultural products which will help reduce the cost for machineries and also for the government to give subsidies to farmers as a way of morale boosters.
By Alhaji Manika Kamara
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