CAPPA Pays Courtesy Call On President Bio



The Commercial Agricultural Producers and Processors Association (CAPPA) in Sierra Leone has paid a courtesy call on His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio at State House for the first time since he acceded to power on 4th April, 2018, to update him on how they can push forward his ‘New Direction’ agenda.

According to the Association’s Chairman, Philip Tonks, they were an Association of different agricultural companies united by a common voice to tackle the numerous issues facing the agriculture sector, and to help create an enabling environment for post-farming engagements in the country.

The Chairman highlighted some of the difficulties facing the agricultural sector and called on the Bio administration to address issues around land acquisition process, high cost of annual environmental licenses, lack of access to markets, poor access to finance and commercial agri-business.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dole Food Sierra Leone, Patrick Blake told President Julius Maada Bio that their Association had employed over 12,000 citizens, adding that it has the potential to employ more people should Government create the enabling business environment to flourish in the country.

In his response, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio thanked the team from CAPPA and praised their initiative in pushing and improving the agricultural sector, especially in exporting products from Sierra Leone.

The President assured that his government was fully committed to supporting the activities of CAPPA and to help the Association succeed by creating the requisite environment, adding that his Government would allow local products to be exported, increase foreign exchange earnings and eventually help cushion the high inflation rate.

President Bio also assured that his government would look into the concerns of the Association and find ways of addressing them.