The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme-Sierra Leone (WAAPP-SL) has secured and handed over about 15 Nissan hard body vans, nine station wagons and 64 brand new motorbikes to implementing partners, a gesture of promoting productivity in the agricultural sector.
The key implementing partners are Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI), the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS), National Federation of Farmers in Sierra Leone (NaFSL) and the Sierra Leone Seed Certification Agency (SLeSCA).
Formally handing over the vehicles in a symbolic ceremony at the Miatta Conference Center Grounds, Deputy Minister I of MAFFS Madam Marie Jalloh, expressed delight for the gesture noting that it is a turning point for the WAAPP project and PCU which has been operating and scoring some successes without vehicles. The vehicles she pointed will now bring an added boost to the PCU for rapid successes in its implementation. She called on partners to utilize the vehicles diligently so that they would last as the handling of government properties by some officials is often poor.
Mr. Francis Sankoh Chief Agricultural Officer emphasized the need for care and proper use of the vehicles and motorbikes as they are costly and valuable towards meeting project goals and objectives. He said this time around they will ensure utilizers account for their stewardship over assigned vehicles as vehicles are in short supply in the ministry. He recalled using a ministry assigned bike for over ten years, an example which he said others should emulate.
Permanent Secretary of MAFFS Mr. said this will help create the synergy amongst partners as they collaborate towards enhancing productivity on rice and cassava.
The procurement of these vehicles and motorbikes has come in handy and is meant to strengthen the capacity of partners in meeting the Project Development Objective (PDO) deliverables of enhancing the Generation, Dissemination and rapid Adoption of agricultural technologies by farmers in the country. The vehicles will also facilitate the mobility of researchers/scientist around their research sites throughout the country, help in the coordination of farmers and extension field officers and facilitate the monitoring of field activities by the PCU and the Ministry.
Tuesday July 22, 2014