By Christopher Carew
Youth of Tonkolili District, northern Sierra Leone have taken up President Julius Maada Bio’s pronouncement of his commitment to boosting rice production and self-sufficiency in the country.
In demonstrating their commitment to alleviating poverty through rice production, the youth in this part of the country are in the process of cultivating 40.9 acres of boli land seed rice and over 60 acres of cassava on the upland, backed with impressive cultivations of 100.29 acres of mixed vegetables.
The nursery of inland valley seed rice will be transplanted on 30 acres of Inland Valley Swamp (IVS) land.
During a meeting, the Tonkolili youth requested for machinery, fertilizers, and seedlings through the Ministry of Youth Affairs’ Youth-in-Agriculture Project, and the Ministry of Agriculture for technical support. They mentioned that with just few local tools like shovels, hoes and cutlasses, they have brushed, de-stumped, ploughed and completed harrowing on a total of 240.19 acres of farmland.