The National Farmers Cooperative Union of Sierra Leone has held a one day meeting with farmers Associations in Kenema district at IDA compound along the Kenema – Tongo highway in Kenema city to discus the financial status of the union and plan new ways to enhance the agricultural sector in the district. Addressing the meeting the District Coordinator of the union Charles Bockarie told the members that the union cannot succeed without their support. The Coordinator called on members to treat the union with all seriousness noting that they control the bulk of the budget of the country’s economy.
Bockarie further explained that the union has spent most of its resources on farming activities. He disclosed that the union has paid over one million Leones with only little left in the union’s coffers now.
The officer in charge of the union in Kenema district Joseph Lahai in his contribution said the National Cooperative Union is enjoying good relationship with other farmers Associations in Kenema district. Lahai cited the vegetable growers and progressive women in development farmers Association, Tegloma farmers Association among those farmers Associations that are doing well in the district. Lahai also said nearly two hundred of the membership of the union are engaged in upland farming at Hangha town about 15 minutes drive from Kenema city to the tune of a bit over one hundred bushels of rice. He encourages members to pay their monthly contribution regularly to boost up the economic base of the union. In her contribution the chairlady Marie Sandi assured the gathering of the unions’ support at all times. She appealed to members, the government, the city and district councils and NGOs to help fight against hunger in the district and the country as a whole. He appealed for unity among the membership.