The Golley Agriculture Development Team, headed by their CEO Ambassador Omrie Golley, this week ‘turned the sod’ for the fourth of four agric-education centres situated in Bumbuna, Northeast of Sierra Leone. The very colourful and joyful ceremony was graced by the presence of the Paramount Chief of Dansogoia Chiefdom, PC Alimamy Bockarie Yalan Koroma 111, the Chiefdom Speaker, Town and Section Chiefs as well as other traditional leaders and Government officials in Bumbuna.
The Paramount Chief expressed his delight for this new agricultural initiative, praising Ambassador Golley for his patriotism and love for his country.
The General Manager for the Golley Agriculture Development (SL), Israeli born Meir Matatyahu assured of his commitment to actualize the vision to create demonstration centers that will cater for the agricultural needs of the people of the region.
Ambassador Omrie Golley in his submission thanked the people of Bumbuna for their warm reception. He also assured of the speedy construction of the demonstration centers and stressed the significance of modern agricultural techniques to revolutionize Sierra Leone’s food sufficiency.
The programme ended with great fanfare and celebration with the traditional ‘Matoma’.
The ceremony followed similar events in Port Loko, Bo and Kenema in recent days.
The agric-education demonstration centres will be used to teach modern irrigation methods to local communities. This is part of a wider programme to identify 100 acres of land from all 14 provincial districts of the country to establish commercial and communal farming, creating a network of sustainable farms in rural communities across Sierra Leone.
According to the UN’s World Food Programme, 2.2 million people in Sierra Leone are chronically hungry, with 1.6 million people are acutely hungry. By promoting modern farming technologies, which offer a more sustainable methods of farming, Golley Agriculture Development aims to increase food security in Sierra Leone, and foster economic development through agricultural exports.