Women farmers showcase produce in Makeni 

Women farmers from across the country have showcased their ‘Made in Salone’ produces at the just concluded Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security festival 2019 in Makeni. The event was organized by Africa Agri Links, group of youths in that part of the country. One of the Master Farmer in the country Haja Sundu Marrah, chairlady Koinadugu/Falaba districts Vegetable Farmers Cooperatives said the festival is one of the platform used by stakeholders to showcase farmers especially women that are active in the sector. She said the festival will not only showcase their produce but will also serve as an incentive for them to do more on their farm especially during their networking sessions. She said for the first time the Koinadugu/Falaba districts Vegetable Farmers Cooperatives are introducing red Onions and ‘Koina-Potatoes’ to the public as two of their recently discovered produce. She said 3 years ago they bought seedlings of the red onions from an Israeli farmer and was tested in their gardens and proven to be doing well especially in the Green House. Sundu said it is not easy for onions planted in the country to get brown which according to her is the big difference with their red onions stating that it will last for more than ten months. She said there is an increase on the demand for the red onions as well as their good varieties of Koina-Potatoe. She called on her colleagues to take farming serious and take it as a business pointing that out of their farming their children have been educated, they now owned houses and big investments.

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