Concord Times (Freetown)

1 October 2012

Sierra Leone: Agriculture Key to Koroma's Five Years

Photo: David Njagi
Communal agriculture.

Minister of Information and communications, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo who also doubles as the official government spokesman has said that agriculture, which is the backbone to the growth of Sierra Leone, was significant to President Ernest Koroma's five years in office adding that despite enormous challenges series of achievement were made in that direction.

Kargbo said this at the weekly press briefing held last Thursday at his ministry. He said the government provided farming and agricultural equipments to local farmers to improve subsistence farming to a mechanized farming system for the benefit of Sierra Leoneans.

"Over the years, this aspect of development was completely ignored. When this government came in to power, the president prioritized agriculture. It is important to note that the president provided the required support to farmers. We brought in tractors, combined harvesters and other equipments. Also, this government constructed agro business centres across the country where farmers will learn new farming methods," he said.

The minister added that for many Sierra Leoneans, agriculture is a way of life for people to sustain themselves and it provided employment for them, reduced poverty, added value to the sector and brought employment for the people in the provinces while also serving as a source of food.

"Agriculture has reduced poverty for the poor and those who could not generate income have found refuge in agriculture by their effort," he concluded.

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