This move was to help support local farmers’ engaged in agricultural productivity through planting of groundnut, cassava, cocoyam and nursing of palm kernel. The six villages were Kadingbilin, Kathanta, Kamakwie, Kayigrana, Kabombo and Kamasakorie.
The local groups received from the Chiefdom Development Committee $40USD to buy the agricultural seeds for continuation of the AMR Gold’s “seed credit scheme” that will boost agriculture in the region.
Addressing the beneficiaries, the acting Community Affairs Supervisor-Mohamed Dusco Conteh, said agriculture plays a crucial role in the overall growth of any country and so it is necessary to ensure its development. As a result, local people should be empowered and encouraged to go into agriculture, which is a strong engine for economic growth in the world. He explained that agricultural production needs to be made more efficient and commercialized to move up the value-chain for sustainable economic growth and job creation.
AMR Gold is an exploration company and understands that agriculture forms the basis for food security, which is why they are supporting agricultural productivity through the Village Development Committee.
One of the beneficiaries from Kadingbilin village-Kadiatu Bangura expressed appreciation on behalf of all the women in the Chiefdom, adding that AMR Gold’s management has demonstrated that the company is here to stay and help alleviate the challenges faced by local people.
She said the economy of Sierra Leone has shown remarkable resilience in the face of challenging global economic conditions and explained that the AMR Gold seed credit scheme will not only stop with them, but will be rolled out to other villages that did not benefit from this.
In a similar development, AMR Gold has provided 6000 seedling palm kernel to five villages. The villages are Kamaforay, Kasimbeke, Kagbaray, Kasekeyan and Kakuru. The farmers were however provided with watering can, pickaxe, shovels, rubbers, polythine bags and a digging fox to make their work easier and effective.
Snap-Tech to commemorate Girls in ICT Day in Sierra Leone
Snap – Tech Institute for the first time in Sierra Leone will be commemorating Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day, slated on the 27 April every year.
The theme for this year commemoration is ‘expand horizon, change attitude, more women participation, better future for the ICT sector in Sierra Leone’
Chief Executive Officer, Snap – Tech Institute Abdul Rahman Conteh said the forthcoming event would be the first time Sierra Leone happened to celebrate the day, and pointed out that the day was set aside to raise awareness on the importance of ICT for developing countries and that girls are encouraged to take a step forward in choosing their career in the ICT field.
“We believe that as an international organization that is mainly focuses on gender issues we decide to request collaboration in celebrating the worldwide event that will be on the of 27 April this year.” Abdul Rahman Conteh mentioned.
He furthered that the institute has trained thousands of youths which includes girls and that they have decided to champion the celebration and focus more on vocational and technical skills for girls, as they are creating awareness.
Furthermore the International Girls in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Day is April 27. The ITU initiative aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing ICT field, enabling them and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.