The Smallholder and Commercialization and Agribusiness Development (SCADeP) 55-Million-Dollar project is said to be targeting 50,000 beneficiaries shortly after the project may have been accomplished.
The project which targets 40% of women beneficiaries has seen supervisors holding one-day orientation workshop May 15th at the Hill Valley Hotel Freetown to admonish the public on developments.
Sulaiman Sesay, Project Coordinator SCADep, while giving an overview of the project said “it is a 5-year venture and has received 40 million Dollars funding from the World Bank and 15 million Dollars from UKaid.”
“Same,” he continued, “was was launched in January this year.”
Sesay explained that the objective of the project will be to promote Smallholder Commercialization farming in a way fostering productive business linkages between the smallholder farmers and selected agribusiness firms and other commodity off takers in Sierra Leone.
He added nonetheless that the project exists to improve agricultural productivity and access to markets, and that the project’s valued chain will focus on rice, cocoa, palm oil and poultry.
That it will also fund and facilitate the rehabilitation of 500 kilometers of feeder roads in selected areas with high potential in agricultural production, processing and marketing.
“The project is expecting a targeted productivity increase of 69% for rice, 46% for cocoa, 37 for palm oil and 100% for poultry,” he asserted.
Abraham Karl Samura, Media Coordinator SCADeP said the project is a loan from World Bank and UKaid but emphasized government will be paying the loans with interest.
Samura called for support of the media, as according to him, their role is highly needed in accomplishing the objects of the project.
“We expect to see the media give visibility reportage on activities of the project, reporting accurately,” Samura said.
“The press should seek the success stories of the project and disseminate them.”
He further also admonished them cross check information for clarity and that they should help the project implementers to get feedback from the beneficiaries.
“Be our early warning system by letting us know issues that need our attention,” he averred.