20th January 2018
Director-General Africa Rice Pays Courtesy Call on President Koroma
By State House Media (27/12/15)
The Director General of Africa Rice Dr Harold Roy-Macauley has paid a courtesy call on President Ernest Bai Koroma in Freetown.
Africa Rice is a leading pan-African research organization committed to improving livelihoods in Africa through science and effective partnership activities aimed at increasing the productivity and profitability of the rice sector in ways that will ensure sustainability of the farming environment. Dr Roy-Macauley was in the country to engage the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) to research on the rice system to improve the sector in Sierra Leone. (Pictured: Dr. Sam Sesay, Agriculture Minister).
Receiving the Africa Rice Chief, President Koroma said rice is a security issue in Sierra Leone unlike countries like Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya where their staple food is not rice. Rice is central to our agricultural sector, he said, and expressed the need to work on improving yield and production.
He noted on Monday December 7 that yield is largely tied to the processes of production, while reiterating the significance on working on policies to increase yield across the country. He furthered that the focus now should be on translating the studies and research into results on the ground.
The president also assured of government’s continued support to the agricultural sector and improving on production, processes and yield of agricultural produce across the country.
The Director General of Africa Rice said the organization will consolidate what has been done in the rice sector in the country and share the product of research and knowledge on the sector.
Africa Rice will be looking at the value chain, processes and production and the importance of policy development in improving the sector in Sierra Leone. He acknowledged the progress made in the production of rice and registered his commitment in providing the needed support to boost the rice sector in Sierra Leone.