The prominent rice cultivation zones of Sawula, Gbondappi, Bomi, Hogai are preparing for a bumper harvest, as the Pujehun District Director of Agriculture, Dr Sorie Bangura has expressed the hope that exportation of rice will once more be a reality.
Speaking to Awoko after receiving twelve tractors together with other Agricultural implements, including fertilizers, the District Director, Dr Sorie Bangura indicated that all been well, food sufficiency will be assured, to help boost the economy.
The District Director commended Government for making Agriculture a priority for not only ending the existing hunger but to give Farmers the necessary recognition by privatizing Agriculture. On the question of whether 12 tractors will perform the magic where fifteen tractors have in the past failed to make impact, Dr Sorie Bangura replied in the affirmative and further encouraged all to continue to do more to spur the Farmers to do the balancing act
Dr. Sorie Bangura also disclosed that the tractors are owned by private Farmers Organisations in the District and that 20 percent cost of Le20m Leones was paid upfront for each of the Tractors, while Government has since provided start Up Kits including Le10m Leones, 20 bushels of seed rice, 40 bags of fertilizers, 20 litres of herbicides meant to kill weeds together with 100 gallons of fuel Earlier the Pujehun District Crop Officer Richard Allieu said the ongoing construction of big Rice Mill is in total readiness for processing of the stapple food, while for their part a number of farmers said all will be done to realize food security for all.