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NAYCOM INITIATES DEMONSTRATION FARMS TO SUPPORT AGROBUSINESS & FOOD SECURITY

 

The National Youth Commission has kicked off an agrobusiness project in partnership with the ministry of Agriculture with 200 acres of demonstrations farms in Bombali, Kambia, Moyamba and Bo districts.
The farms are part of a national initiative that would create youth demonstration farms in every district in the country.
Commissioner Ngolo Katta believes that agrobusiness initiative would encourage young people to go into farming and create employment for themselves while supporting the country’s food security efforts.
“This project, which we are currently piloting, would provide opportunities for the youth to realise their potential and also give them access opportunities along the agricultural value chain”, Mr. Katta said.
This cultivation season, NAYCOM is working with groups of young people to start demonstration farms on 50 acres of land at Makoth in Bombali and 50 acres in Masungbala chiefdom in Kambia district. In the south of the country, 50 acres is being cultivated in Kori Chiefdom in Moyamba and 50 more acres in Bumpeh Ngao Chiefdom in Bo district.
The NAYCOM commissioner projects that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) would see a significant boost if more attention is paid to agriculture which he says contributes 40 to 50 percent of GDP.
“With young people at the centre of agrobusiness, this country should be able to feed itself in the next few years,” he added.
Apart from creating employment opportunities and boosting food production, NAYCOM expects to use these demonstration farms to motivate young people and make agriculture attractive to them. 
Hannah Sellu is one of the young people involved in the NAYCOM project at Foya Wulleh village, Kori Chiefdom. She believes that the initiative would help them carve out a sustainable livelihood because they are scaling up from minimal farming activities.