Concord Times (Freetown)

19 April 2012

Sierra Leone: All Set for President Koroma to Launch Kenema Cacao Show

Photo: David Njagi
Communal agriculture.

Farmers, business owners and internal tourists from within and outside the country are anxiously awaiting President Ernest Koroma, the Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security, Dr. Sam Sesay and a host of other dignitaries at the Kenema show field to set the ball of the prestigious agricultural trade fair commonly known as Cacao Show rolling.

Scheduled to start on Friday, the agricultural trade fair and exhibition is historic to farmers in the eastern region as it gives them the opportunity to display their yields and also serve as a platform to interact with officials of the agricultural ministry.

Visible preparations have been made. Several non-governmental organizations working in the agricultural sector have already started displaying their products and the agriculture minister told Concord Times in an exclusive interview that his ministry has been able to effectively coordinate the activities of farmers in the country over the past four years and that the exhibition will serve as an avenue to showcase some of the success stories in the agricultural sector.

"We will award farmers and motivate them to embark on more production," Dr. Sesay said. "The smallholder commercialization programme is one of our greatest success stories. We have strengthened our information and communication strategy so that the public will better understand what the ministry is doing."

Aside players in the agricultural sector, telcos operating in the country are not left out in this all important event. New products of GSM operators have been displayed and according to Admire Kanu of Africell, it has been a success story so far.

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