Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security is committed to the advancement of Irish potato farmers’ development.
Koinadugu District Vegetable Women Farmers’ Cooperative has taken the lead in cultivating the first ever Irish Potatoes, which was symbolically harvested during the holidays by the Minister of Agriculture, Professor Patrick Monty Jones.
The Minister assured the farmers of His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma’s continued support through his ministry. He lauded the fact that women are taking the bold step to cultivate Irish Potatoes in Koinadugu Hills which will a long way in the history of Sierra Leone.
The Minister encouraged the women farmers not to relent but to ensure that they expand their Irish potatoes farm and share their knowledge with other farmers across the country.
The farmers were happily singing and dancing for a commendable first step and the support and assurances received from the Ministry.
Members of Koinadugu Vegetable Women Farmers’ Cooperative are largely war widows and bread-winning single mothers.
“Now that we are committed to ensure that the dreams of government in the agriculture sector are actualized,” says Haja Sundu Marah, Head of the Women Farmers in the District.
She thanked the Minister and government for the support, and assured that they will expand the cultivation of Irish potatoes in the country.
The Women farmers are working with the Ministry to expand the cultivation of Irish Potatoes in their mountains.
Potatoes are rich in protein and vitamin B group with high content which can help enhance the physical conditions and improve the memory ability and clear thoughts. As a result, to eat potatoes regularly not only makes one have healthy body, but also makes people maintain young and smartness.
Potatoes can greatly improve appetite with healthy stimulation. In this way, one will be able to get satisfactory results sooner or later.