Seed Multiplication Programme on Course

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    By Theresa Kef Sesay

    Edward Gbappie, National Programme Coordinator of Seed Multiplication Programme in his determination to boost the food production in line with the New Direction Agenda of President Bio has made wonderful strides to take the Organisation to another improved level.

    He inherited a mismanaged office where a whole national program was concentrated in two districts, Makeni site in Bombali District and Kobia site in Kambia District, depriving other districts without benefits and access to seed supply for farming.

    Today, under his management, Mr. Gbappie has extended and expanded the Programme into three additional districts; Bo, Kenema and Kono with a strong determination to reach every district in the country.

    Seed Multiplication Programme under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry was established in 1976 with a clear mandate to provide quality modified seeds for food production in the entire country and not for one or two districts as it had been before he took over.

    The President in his agenda, promised to provide food enough for citizens in the country. One of the measures to achieve this dream is to have potentially rich administrative staff with vast Agricultural skills to promote the dreams.

    To hit the development trajectory in the preparation of quality seed production as  post coronavirus  recovery that will support farming projects in the country, a brand new truck and two brand new tractors are currently off-loaded as equipment boost for SMP Operations in the country through the efforts of Mr Edward Gbappie and staff.

    More implements are expected to arrive soon.

    Since his inception, Management of SMP has provided job opportunity to citizens of the country. There is a sigh of relief that indeed SMP is a transformed, viable hub and with qualified staff to implement Agricultural programme in food production.

    With the arrival of these materials, farming communities, local and International Organisations in farming, will access quality planting seeds in the next farming season.

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