The Sierra Leone Chamber for Agribusiness Development (SLeCAD) together with its partners has concluded a 3-day refresher training for farmers and agribusiness entrepreneurs from all regions, districts across Sierra Leone. The refresher training took place from the 20th – 22nd November 2019, at the GIZ Conference hall, Wilkinson Road in Freetown. Highlighting the significance of the training to the participants, the Agribusiness Value Change Officer of SLeCAD, Silvester Bona, stated that the business development and refresher training was mainly to retrain and capacitate the agribusiness entrepreneurs and farmers who had benefited from other SLeCAD trainings before. He said the objective is to ensure that participants are fully capacitated to further train other farmers in the skills that they acquired from the training. He disclosed that the training catered for twenty participants and that among others activities, the training mainly focused on teaching the participants on how to write business plan, business proposals, book keeping etc. “Apart from the above, we organised this training in order to affirm the status of the master trainers. In other words, for us to have the full confidence that they would be able to train other farmers in their respective areas at any time,” he said. One of the participants of the training, who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer of the Towalin Agro-Dealer Enterprise in the Bombali District, Abu Bakarr Kamara, said he was selected to represent his organization because of his performance in the previous training that was held in Makeni.
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He told pressmen that he gained a lot from the refresher and business development training thus promising to put into use all what he learnt. “Before we came for this training, we were struggling as to how to write business plan and business proposals, but having gone through the training I can now boast of writing g business plan on my own without help from any one,” he said. He stated also that he was grateful because he hadn’t any idea about bookkeeping but can now boast of such knowledge which he promised to replicate to other farmers. Another participant, Memunatu Queen Bangura, who doubles as Manager for a poultry firm in Kambia District said she was happy for the opportunity given to her to attend the training and that she was ready to put into practice the knowledge she had acquired. “I have learnt that as an entrepreneur you should be innovative and creative in order to stand firm in the business competition, and I have also got more knowledge on how to train other farmers,” she said.
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