China To Donate 6110 Metric Tonnes Of Rice


To help boost the New Direction Food Security, the People’s Republic of China has promised to donate 6100 metric tons of rice to Sierra Leone.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Joseph Ndanema, who was part of President Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio’s delegation to China early this month.

Addressing the media on the goodies from China as the outcome of the President’s state visit on Tuesday at the Ministry of Information and Communications, Mr. Ndanema said their engagements with various Chinese stakeholders were fruitful. The Minister explained that one of the benefits from China was an interest expressed by an agricultural company to make Sierra Leone self-sufficient in food production.

He furthered that they made several contacts with Chinese companies that expressed interest in investing in agriculture in Sierra Leone, adding that one of the companies promised to cultivate about 3,500 hectares in Sierra Leone and would be in the country by October, this year.

Mr. Ndanema said they also visited a seed research institute where they met with the researcher that discovered the hybrid rice, adding that they also discovered the possibility of ensuring knowledge transfer and value addition in food production.

In his address to the media, the Minister of Finance, Mr. Jacob Jusu Saffa assured that the New Direction Government would undertake several projects with Chinese investors, noting that as government, they would be careful about whatever investment agreement with the Chinese. He emphasized that they would make sure the terms of agreement are clear and conditions favourable for the citizenry.