A one day workshop organized by the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security in collaboration with its partners in the process of formulating the national sustainable agriculture development plan (NSADP) for Sierra Leone, has been held at the Kenema District Council hall at Maxwell Khobe street in Kenema city.
In his opening remarks the chairman of the meeting who is also the District Director of Agriculture Dr. Sorie Bangura, thanked all those who attended the meeting. He noted that agriculture is also the back bone to the human development of any country, and therefore called on all and sundry to engage in agriculture as it is a sure ball in terms of yield.
In his welcome address the Mayor of the Kenema City Council chief Brima Kargbo said that the position of paramount chiefs in any community is noble and must be treated with all the seriousness it deserves.
He called on the participants to pay great attention to what the workshop is about; stating that knowledge is power and that whatever they acquire at the workshop must reach the grassroots in their communities. The Mayor emphasized that there is a need to put all hope and trust in making the plan for agriculture for the benefit of all Sierra Leoneans.
The focal person for comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Joseph Kamara said the workshop is geared towards the process of formulating the national sustainable agriculture development plan within the AU, ECOWAS countries. He noted that the process involve the development of chiefdoms and district agriculture plan to form the basis for the national plan. He added that to develop the plan chiefdoms and district profile have been proposed based on chiefdom profile survey conducted in September 2008. The purpose and structure of the workshop was outlined by the consultant of CAAEP Prince Kamara. In his contribution he said they are there to validate all the proposed profiles and prepare the district agriculture plan.
The Deputy Chairman of KDC Alusine Sheriff expressed sincere gratitude to the organizers of the workshop for what he described as a work well done.
In his statement the Deputy Chief Administrator of the Kenema District Council (KDC) Augustine Amara, thanked the organizers of the workshop for their timely intervention, and praised the government for involving the grassroots people in the planning and implementation in agricultural activities. He encouraged participants to fully deliberate on all the process that will be of benefit not only to them as individuals but to all farmers in the country in general and the eastern region in particular.
The Paramount chief of Simbaru chiefdom in the Kenema District Madam Mamie Gamanga gave the vote of thanks.