Five sections in the Yoni Chiefdom of Tonkolili district are to see the construction of three store houses and three concrete drying floors. Also, they will soon have access to power tillers (mechanized ploughs) that will ease their manual efforts in cultivating the land.
All these developments are due soon courtesy of the Government of Japan, through its diplomatic mission in Accra. The Embassy of Japan in Ghana (also accredited to Sierra Leone) recently approved financial support for these projects. Funding for this initiative had earlier been requested by Siera Grass-roots Agency (SIGA), a Sierra Leonean organization based in Freetown but operating in rural areas of the country.
The approved amount is US$53,097. It is to be paid out, under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) Scheme.
SIGA is confident that the new assistance will help improve the quality of their farming activities, which will in turn lead to an improvement in their sustenance. Specifically, the stores, drying floors, and power tillers would facilitate better land preparation ahead of actual cultivation of rice and other crops.
Secondly, there will be better facilities for the processing and storage of the harvest. Thirdly, the new store houses would not only improve safety and security for farming tools and accessories, they will ensure their proper maintenance. This should give more farmers secured access to more of these vital implements.