BIBWEG Backyard garden famers Sierra Leone celebrate 8 years
BIBWEG Backyard, gardener farmers in Sierra Leone, on Sunday, February 2 celebrated its eight years anniversary at the BIBWEG Backyard gardener resource area in Gloucester in the Western Urban Area. Over eighty backyard farmers and community elders attended the ceremony.
Giving an overview of the BIBWEG Backyard gardeners farmers, the Programme Manager, King Yaw Benjamin stated that the organization was formed in 2007.
He disclosed that they do not have any financial support and all the farmers depend on the vegetables they produce, most of which they sell to pay for their children’s school fees and for household expenses.
He explained that the farmers are too poor but they are very active to work to provide for themselves with food.
He explained that their motto being “Everything starts with food,” they are willing to support farming work all over the country.
Mr. Benjamin disclosed that the organization has succeeded in getting scholarships for seven farmers to go and learn machine operation and work at Jeffery Martin’s Farm, North East Wisconsin in the United States of America.
He maintained that this opportunity is great for the organization and the farmers which would help them to improve the sustainability of the organization and help them support their families.
He pointed out that through the good initiative of the organization most motor cycle riders have joined them and are now engaged in farming work because they see farming as very lucrative.
Mr. Benjamin commended the City Farm of Canada for the guidelines and support they have given to the group to enable them do their work.
By Issa Mansaray
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