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NAYCOM Harvests Rice on

Youth Demonstration Farms


 

National Youth Commission over the weekend held symbolic harvesting on two of its Youth Demonstration Farms at Fulla Town Community, MakariGbanti Chiefdom Bombali District and FoyaWulleh, Kori Chiefdom Moyamba District.
Commissioner NgoloKatta said, the youth farms are in support of the Government’s agenda for food security.He said the Commission’s role is to empower youth for national development and the “district youth demonstration farm” is one of the ways the Commission wants to explore. He said it is an “opportunity to remind young people that agriculture is a path to development” for food self-sufficiency in which young people are the drivers.
The Chairman Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Youth Hon. Abdul Kargbo said the farms have provided employment for youth within the community and also “the provision of the country’s staple food— rice.”
As he commended the Commission, he also said that Parliament will support the Commission in its development strides for young people.
Director General Ministry of Agriculture Amara Idara Sheriff said, the Ministry of Agriculture will work with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and National Youth Commission to cultivate 30000 hectares of rice next year. The plan is to have youth farms in every chiefdom across the country. He said people have to be innovative as cultivation of rice should not only be done during the rainy season as this is responsible for the low yield every year.
Community leaders and people especially youths applauded the Commission and requested that the farms be sustained so they can be able to provide food for themselves and provide for their families.
Commissioner Katta however noted that 40% of the output will go to the communities, another 40% payable to the Ministry of Agriculture for seed loan and the remaining 20% will be saved for next planting season.
NAYCOM is yet to harvest rice in LayahMasungbala Chiefdom Kambia district and Kowama, BumpeGao Chiefdom Bo District.