President Koroma's Special Advisers take the "Agenda For Prosperity" to SLARI
Monday 7 April 2014
By Richard Bockarie Sr

“Our beloved country Sierra Leone is endowed with huge agricultural resources and therefore unforgivable for it to be spending huge needed foreign exchange to import rice and other food items into the country”, Professor Monty Jones, Special Adviser to President Koroma and Ambassador at Large has told Scientists of the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI) at the Rokupr and Njala Agricultural Research Centres. Continue Reading

Seed Productinon and Gender Mainstreaming Training Workshops For SLARI Scientists and MAFFS Extension Personnel
Monday 31 March 2014
By Richard Bockarie Sr

In order to improve seed production and ensure the clear visibility and effective participation of women, men, boys and girls in the implementation of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP), and more so in the   cassava and rice value chains, the Programme (WAAPP) in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI) and other partners  has successfully concluded Seed Production and  Gender Mainstreaming Training Workshops for 20 and 54 SLARI Scientists and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) extension personnel respectively  in BO. Continue reading.

Ministry of Agriculture assesses Livestock Stations in the North of Sierra Leone
Monday 22 August 2011
By Richard Bockarie Sr 

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) and the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI) have completed a three day assessment visit to Teko Livestock Station in Makeni, Bombali District and Musaia Livestock Station in Folosaba Dembelia Chiefdom, Koinadugu District, North of the country.

The assessment geared towards reversing the unfortunate and unacceptable situation is in line with the Government’s “Agenda for Change” particularly in achieving National Food Security by transforming the Agricultural Sector from subsistence to “Farming for Business” and reduce the high level of poverty in the country.  
The Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Francis A. R. Sankoh said that the two stations were shinning glories in the country before the war and they contributed immensely to the achievement of household and national food security, commercialization and the reduction of pervasive and degrading poverty within those communities and the country as a whole.
He disclosed that the needed resources were then available and efficiently organised in the provision of food and the creation of employment for citizens.
The Director General of MAFFS reiterated that the eleven year civil war accounts for a significant loss of the vital services of the two stations. “…too many things went wrong and there is need to look into these issues, identify and assess the stations…” he re-affirmed.
The Director General of Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI), Dr. Alfred Dixon said that the role of research is very crucial to the development of farmers and other beneficiaries in the country. He told the gathering that his institute provides evidence based research for the development of the Teko Livestock and Musaia Livestock Stations.
Dr. Dixon disclosed that through the works of the Njala Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) and the Rokupr Agricultural Research Centre (RARC) much improvement has been made in the area of crop research. “…but they are incomplete without livestock research and production considering the importance of animal protein in human health...” he said.
The Director General of SLARI urged the farmers to be patient as plans are underway for reviving the stations, which he said will help greatly in boosting their economy and other beneficiaries in Sierra Leone.
The Communications Officer of SLARI, Richard Bockarie (Snr), said that the building for the training of farmers, middle level veterinarians, cold rooms, biological and reagents and staff quarters were totally vandalized, while stating that the degrading and dilapidated structures need serious and swift rehabilitation.
The Communications Officer said that the stations lack financial and material support. He added that the stations were abandoned by the technical, professional and support staff due to the war in the country. 
Representatives of the two communities expressed appreciation for the initiative and expressed hope that the good old days will be restored. They pledged their support in making the initiative.





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