University of Makeni revives cotton production in Sierra Leone
The University of Makeni (UNIMAK), agriculture faculty is currently embarking on cotton production in the Sylvanus Koroma campus Yonie town
According to the registrar of Unimak, Mr. Joseph B Tholley, also the initiator of the project, said the project is aimed at creating economic and technical gains for farmers who may want to take cotton farming as a venture, to help create employment for women and youths in the various communities, and also to promote cotton (textile) as an indigenous industry of Sierra Leone.
He further stated that the university has strategies of the enabling environment through partners and local staff providing technical support, collaborating with the farmers to stabilize their socio-economic status as dignified people in society, and creating an avenue for research and improvement on skills and knowledge in agriculture and the related non-agricultural fields.
Mr. Tholley noted that it is high time Sierra Leoneans embark on cotton farming as its value should not be over emphasised.
The coordinator of cotton production, Mr. Felix. M. Kanneh, who speaks on the role of community, said the involvement of real farmers in enhancing the success of the program and the improvement of farming as a socio-economic status through farming is a dignified career. ”We modify their skills and knowledge and make full use of the farmer’s local resources to improve their production level, he stated. The coordinator further stated that full participation in production and processing of cotton and other agriculture related products at all levels, involves in research and improvement of skills and techniques in relation to agricultural productivity and collaborating with other organization, institutions including UNIMAK in improving the socio-economic life of people especially rural poor is among the project security. Mr. Kanneh reiterated that the twenty acres of cotton farm at Yonie is an exemplary site for farmers nationwide, where they can learn and implement in their various farms. He calls on all farmers to take cotton farming important as it has more leisure time than other farm work.
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