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Mr. Abu Bakarr Daramy, PRO MAFFS

Mr. Abu Bakarr Daramy, PRO MAFFS

The Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS), Mr. Abu Bakarr Daramy, has Monday November 3, appealed to Sierra Leoneans to sustain and develop the culture of good eating habits of our local food products like cassava, potatoes, vegetables, coco, rice, among others which he said are more available in the market by commercial agriculturists for consumption purposes.

He made this statement during a discussion programme known as “Star Talk” on Star Radio FM 103.5 in Freetown.

The programme which was moderated by Mr. Abdul Rahman Kamara, entertained public participation and awareness raising on the most recent publication of hunger that states, “Sierra Leone is the world’s hungriest country.”

He said he was happy to note that the report that was made by FAO and IFAD and did not place Sierra Leone at the bottom but according to him, it is positioned above countries like Uganda, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Republic of Tanzania etc .

He maintained that Sierra Leone is food sufficient than those countries, pointing out that the focus of the Ministry is to ensure agricultural products are available in market centers around the country.

The soft-spoken man insisted that, the MAFFS is one of the most decentralized Ministries as it has representatives in all the twelve districts in the country.

He observed that food security does not only lie in their hands but also in the hands of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the Ministry of Trade and Industries who he referred to as partners in food production.

He explained that the Minster of Agriculture, Dr. Joseph  Sam Sesay and President Ernest Bai Koroma have showed great concern for the establishment of the diversified food production project.

He revealed that they have also rehabilitated about four thousand hectares of swamp lands in the country for both crop and livestock farming activities and that processing machines have been placed in all the one hundred and ninety three Agricultural Business Centre around the country where they are serving the people.

By Abdulai Mento Kamara

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