Sierra Leone is also struggling to cope with the global crises of food and fuel shortages. The affordability of commodities is slowing creeping towards citizens going without food. Our reporter Saidu Bah went about the streets of Freetown to sound the views, comments, and analyses on the global crises of food and fuel.
This global problem does not really need to affect us as ordinary people. If the government is prepared to tackle this global crisis they must revert to the PL480 and build the capacity of farmers with the provision of farming tools and multiplication seeds to improve productivity. There is sufficient food in the country but marketing of cultivated products is one of the major problems because access to the market is hindered by bad roads and non availability of transportation to take their goods to the market.
James Tamba Mandela
These global crises need to be tackled by the APC Government through revamping the agricultural sector with provision of multiplication seeds for farmers and capacity building for them to enable farmers embark on mechanized farming. I am also recommending to the government to work out all modalities to also revamp the railway industry to enable farmers market their products locally and internationally so that they can generate income that can sustain their livelihood.
The food crisis has been largely blamed on global issues, but the United Nations Secretary General has alerted the world to the need to tackle these global crises through fund raising to empower FAO in providing more food for hungry people living in poor countries like Sierra Leone. Our country has arable land for farming but the problem lies with the government because they are not doing enough to improve food productivity in the country.
This country is getting too hard for the ordinary people as prices for basic commodities are escalating day by day and the authorities are not doing any thing to solve the problem. Currently, I cannot afford to buy a cup of rice to feed my family and now rely on eating garri and at times my entire family goes without easting rice for days. I am appealing to the government to think and do something for the poor people of this country before we starve to death.
The government is just finding an excuse for the escalation of prices for basic commodities without doing anything about it. I am calling for the establishment of state farms, which can be supported by government, public and private sector that can invest in the agricultural sector for food self sufficiency in the country.