Brazil To Support Farmers


By Thomas S. Kembay

The Charge d’affaires of the Embassy of Brazil, Kaiser Araujo will today meet with some cocoa farmers and staff of the Produce Monitoring Board (PMB) in Kenema to get firsthand information on challenges facing them.

The visit of the Brazil Charge d’affaires came following an establishment of partnership between the Embassy and PMB on Friday 1st March, 2019 to help promote quality and international standards in the Sierra Leone produce sector. He is expected to also visit Kailahun on Friday 8th March, 2019 on the same mission.

Addressing members of the Brazil Embassy, the Executive Chairman of PMB, Dr. James Vibbi explained that his plan for this year is aimed at strategic support and promotion of quality production and value addition to produce like cocoa, coffee, cashew and cassava as well as linking credible chocolate and coffee makers with farmers and cooperatives in the country.

He furthered that the institution intends to create other market opportunities where buyers and farmers meet and transact business in a win-win situation.

“We also have plans to provide training opportunities to PMB staff, farmers and other stakeholders on produce quality standards, packaging for export and local consumption and to also enhance stakeholders’ knowledge of world market quality produce requirement,” he stated.

In his response, the Charge d’affaires, Kaiser Araujo noted that his Embassy is open to such partnership and that he is keen to work with PMB to support cocoa farms in Sierra Leone.

The meeting was climaxed with both parties identifying and agreeing on areas of the partnership and collaboration.

Brazil is the largest cocoa producers in the Americas.