The District Implementation Committee for rural and private sector development Project high profile meeting with farmer-base organization and Community-Base Organizations has ended in Bo District with Paramount Chiefs calling on government to speedily fast track issue involving commercializing agriculture through empowering farmers-based organizations.
Championing the popular call on behalf of Council of Paramount Chiefs, P. C. Kangbai Macavoray 111 of Tikonko Chiefdom said improving efficiency along the value chain of agricultural commodities with higher benefits to producers can only be secured by way of commercializing the entire agricultural sector.
P. C. Kangbai also said its high time Sierra Leonean farmers moved from subsistence farming to commercial agriculture by the use of modern implements.
Similar arguments were advanced by other chiefs, including P. C. Med Tsombe Kargoi of Wonde Chiefdom.
Earlier in their statements, both the Bo District Director, MAFFS, Edward G. Sinnah and the Project Grant Officer, Michael Bockarie gave a detailed background of the project, which they said is funded by The World Bank and the Government of Sierra Leone to be implemented for five years duration.
They in turn dwelt on the project objectives ruling out overlapping and duplicity as in the past, adding that the availability of a marching fund and related criteria are some of the prerequisites that go with security funding and mandate to go into operations.
And as part of the contributions, participants expressed doubts over the provision of the sum of one and half million Leones bank accounts and other terms as demanded and thus have the disadvantage to exclude registered and existing CBOs and FBOs especially for newly formed partnerships in the case of youth groups.
The session was chaired by Matthew B. Moriba and Counselors of Bo District Council, including Chairman, Matthew Mannah Magao and his assistant, Joseph Bindi attended the ceremony.