The produce inspector in Kailahun – Sam Borbor has requested all plantation owners in Kailahun to maintain their coffee cash crops as it is in high demand at the world market than ever before because it is chemicals free.
He said during the war, the demand for coffee fell and after the war most of the coffee trees were brushed for rice farming.
He concluded that tree plants such as coffee and cocoa contributed towards the education of most of the prominent men from Kailahun and therefore, farmers should give priority to tree plants for economic revival.
The town Chief of Kailahun Maada Alpha Ndolleh is reported to have said that tree plants such as cocoa and coffee constitute the economic back bone of the national economy but noted that family hold on bush and plantations should not be a hindrance to any infrastructure development of the Kailahun township and its environs.
He noted that before the war, land tenure system retarded the development of the township but maintained that in the post war development of Sierra Leone, they are ready to offer land for development purposes.
From the look of things, the size of Kailahun has almost redoubled with the establishment of a Military Barracks towards the Mofindor Border and an extension at Masanta new site in Kailahun towards the Balu crossing point between Sierra Leone and Guinea.