Agric Minister, Prof. Jones handing over a cheque to Rev. Mambu
“The Church is taking its rightful position: Producing rice to feed God’s people. God Established the Garden of Eden. Jesus Christ whom we followed multiplied food (5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes) with prayers. Photo: Agric Minister, Prof. Jones handing over a cheque to Rev. Mambu
Thanks to Pastor Mambu of Faith Healing Ministry!! Faith moves with Action!! As a Licensed Lay-reader, I call on God’s Representatives to Feed God’s people physically as Christ did. Pastor Mambu has taken the lead!!,” says Hon. Claude D.M. Kamanda, and added that Pastor Mambu as we All know is a Powerful Man of God that has transformed lives and homes. This commendation came as a result of a 128acres of rice harvested over the weekend at Yainkesa Village in the Bombali District, where the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Professor Patrick Monty Jones served as Guest of Honour and had the opportunity to do a symbolic harvest. The Faith Healing Agricultural Farm Programme has a vast land area of over 200areas. The Program is implemented by the faith Healing Church, which has invested a lot on health, education and agriculture. Last year, 850 bushels of rice was harvested out of 78 bushels harvested. 40 bushels was provided by the Ministry to the farm project, which has yielded a bumper harvest.
The General Overseer of the Church, Reverend Francis A.M. Mambu informed a colourful occasion that it will extremely difficult to preach the Gospel in the rural community if the church does not embark on agriculture. He noted that the farm project is a fulfilment of President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma’s food security agenda. The man of God revealed that their second harvest shows the passion and commitment his Church have to see the the country move from importing to export rice. “We are not only providing Spiritual Healing, we are also cultivating the soil in order to ensure that we provide physical food to the poor,” he said, and added that this is a fulfilment of what the Lord Jesus Christ taught his Disciples.
Reverend Mambu recalled in 2014 when they cultivated vegetables and moringa as a trial farm, which did not do well. “We had to review the project strategy and we started cultivating vegetables, maize, cassava and rice,” he said.
The project, he said incorporated 310 women farmers from five villages that have been receiving seeds and other supports to do their farming.
The current Program at Yainkesa Village has a grain store, garage, offices and currently putting up ten buildings for a major poultry project to house thousands of chickens.
Some of their future plans,. According to Reverend Mambu include establishing a demonstration farm for improved variety of seeds, and they hope to construct hostel to train people from the twelve districts. “We want to have a farm input delivery centre to add value to farm produce like gari, and create a market for local farmers.
“We need technical, material and financial assistance from the Ministry to help us improve on our farm infrastructure, and training for our local farmers to deliver well,” says Reverend Mambu, noting further that they need vegetable seeds, more support to complete their poultry buildings and would want to expand the project in other districts.
In his keynote address, the Minister of Agriculture, Professor Monty Jones thanked Reverend Mambu and his Church for taking the lead in promoting agriculture development in the country. He told the gathering that the Ministry will provide the required support for the success of the Agricultural Program. The Minister further said agriculture, which has sixty percent of the country’s population to serve as breadbasket to the economy, noting that there is no need to spend $165million, $15million and $12million to import rice, vegetable oil and onions respectively when the country has all it takes to grow them.
“This project is a good example of where we want to go. The Ministry will provide the required support,” Prof. Jones assured, and he concluded by stating that he is convinced that the religious groups will propel growth in the country.
The Deputy Director General in the Ministry of Agriculture, S.T. Kamara urged other Churches and religious groups to follow the good examples of Faith Healing Church by establishing more farms in the country so that sufficient food will be supplied to the market.
The Ministry handed over Le50million, one thresher and vegetable seeds to the Program.
Meanwhile, the Minister handed over two cheques of Le25million each to Big Things Company, which is embarking on a livestock project in Bombali District; and Kamarene Farmers in Port Loko.
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