VULNERABLE FARMERS IN KARENE DISTRICT BENEFIT FROM VOLUNTARY COMPLIMENTARY EXTENSION SERVICES FROM A NJALA GRADUAND, SAMU, MOHAMED
Yes! The government & its partners are working hard to redeem Sierra Leone from serious hunger and poverty by providing basic necessities that will scale up production and productivity.
From observations, considering government’s commitments bothered by weak economic status of the country, current limited extension services cannot satisfy the demands of those in most remote and underprivileged communities. Sadlyenough, there’s no formal private extension system to compliment this effort. As such, farmers specifically those in the North where poverty has taken ownership of life, live below a hectare production.
In fulfilment of his responsibilities as patriotic citizen, Mr. Samu has pledged 20 percent of his basic earnings coupled with his well-earned agricultural skills and experiences to fill this gap for citizens from whose tax money, he believes government paid 80 percent of his tuition fees.
On the 17th September, 2020, Mr. Samu visited Kamarenka, a nearby village of Kamakwie where the hope of farmers has totally lost! The highest yield obtained here is 4bags of pepper per production cycle. How can this cover the livelihood of a family😥.
Fortunately, he has been abled to identify lots of local resources that could be developed into usable biofertilizers and bio-pesticides. This approach coupled with soil conservation mechanisms and agronomic practices will help restore the poor soil health condition thereby enhancing sustainable production and high yield overall.
Mr. Samu believes the farmers are not poor rather, yet to identify their potentials which he seeks to address in partnership with the Ministry’s extension department and other partners who may wish to be part of this drive!
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