Justice Sector Conducts Agric Workshop for Prisons
The Justice Sector Coordination Office in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Prison early in August this year held a one day workshop at Hill Valley Hotel in Freetown.
The Chairman of the occasion, Chief Superintendent Ahmed Turay, in an exclusive interview told Sierra Express Media that agricultural activities had been their institutional mandate, as their department is presently embarking on farming in Kenema, Manfata, Makarie and Bo, which is being supervised by the Agric Unit Officer, Superintendent Mohamed S. Turay.
Staff Turay further said that during the 11-year civil war, all their machinery were destroyed by the rebels resulted in some constrains within the institution, but with the intervention of the Justice Sector Coordination Office (JSCO), he will now assure the entire nation that they are ready to promote agriculture as it used to be with the prison.
Stating certain factors, he said they are going according to the president’s dreams for food sufficiency in the country, adding that they have enough manpower to undertake the challenge.
In his address, the Regional Commander Western Area, Assistant Director Sampha Billo Kamara stated that they are ready to embrace the project as it is meaningful to them as the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has shown interest.
The Agriculture specialist, Dr. Michael Johnny said an assessment of the prison’s agriculture was undertaken by the Officer in charge, Mohamed S. Turay in March-April 2009.
The assessment revealed that almost all the productive asset got missing during the war hence a sluggish start during the post war period.
Highlighting constrains, availability of trained agricultural personnel, access to seeds, planting materials, machinery and hand tools are the current challenges facing the prison department which he said needed immediate attention.
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