The Minister, Professor Monty Patrick Jones, was joined by his of Deputy Hon. Marie Jalloh, and team from the Ministry to meet with farmers in Makeni, Bombali District were the he handed over two cheques of Le100, 000, 000 each to the National Association of Farmers Federation in Sierra Leone (NAFFSL) and Sierra Leone Women’s Farmers Forum (SLEWOFF). These are umbrella organizations that coordinate and drive the activities of the farmers.
The Ministers and team also went to Koinadugu District where they met with vegetable farmers led by Haja Sundu Marah and others.
A cheque of 25 million Leones was handed over to them. The Minister made a policy statement that 80% of all devolved funds from Government of Sierra Leone to Agriculture .i.e. the District Agricultural Office should be given as support farmers. Prof. Monty Jones emphasized on the use of the Community Banks as they are been created to support farmers.