Agriculture Shouldn’t be Politicised

Freetown — Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and the Environment has cautioned Sierra Leoneans not to politicise the issue of agriculture if only Sierra Leone was to be developed to a level that would suit all and sundry.
Speaking at the weekly Ministry of Information and Communications press briefing, Dr. Joseph Sam Sesay noted that his ministry brought in about 331 tractors and that all were distributed on demand and supply basis countrywide.
"The tractors were not distributed on political basis, they were distributed on demand and supply basis and all districts had equal opportunity," he said. According to him, most farmers have refused to pay in full for the tractors but that his ministry would take drastic action either by naming and shaming the defaulters or taking court action against them.
"We are disappointed that out of all the tractors that were given out, only 59 farmers have paid for them in full. My ministry in collaboration with the Sierra Leone police will soon take a drastic move to see that defaulters face the law," he threatened.
The minister vowed that his ministry will withdraw all tractors in the hands of farmers who refused to pay for them in full. He informed newsmen that the Agriculture ministry has recorded significant successes, but reckoned there were still many challenges, including funding.
"My ministry has succeeded in constructing 141 out of the planned 150 agricultural business centres (ABCs) nationwide," he reported. "We are faced with challenges of funding especially in the area of processing."
Dr. Sesay informed journalists that he has extended the construction of feeder roads to 339km instead of the planned 300km.
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Born and raised in Kenema district, eastern Sierra Leone, Othman Sheriff began practicing journalism during his school days as a youthhood hobby. With a bachelor's degree in mass-media and communication, and a Master’s degree in development and peacebuilding, Sheriff is the Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Critique Echo Newspaper. While tirelessly using journalism as a tool to place his country’s socioeconomic and political landscape under a magnifying glass, Sheriff is deeply involved in community development projects. Over the years, Sheriff has formulated and implemented billions of Leones worth of development projects with funds from Europe and USA. He is chiefly focused on community infrastructural development and economic resuscitation projects, fostering interethnic, interreligious and sociocultural cohesion among the young population in Kenema district. Sheriff is a member of many international peacebuilding initiatives including the United Religious Initiative (URI), International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP), Intercultural Leaders Network and Youth Solidary Fund program of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC)

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