In Sierra Leone, Omrie Golley (photo) is spearheading an initiative to scale up agricultural production and achieve food security through the implementation of mechanized farming techniques. Recognizing the critical role that agriculture plays in the country’s economy and the well-being of its people, Golley is determined to revolutionize the farming sector by introducing modern technologies and practices.
In what has been a welcoming initiative to many farmers across the country, Golley Agriculture Development Sierra Leone Limited has successfully completed the training of over 200 locals across the country on the use of dripping irrigation in modern day farming. The company is now putting modalities in place to secure lands for active commercial farming, so as to earnest food production and sufficiency in the county.
Under the supervision of its CEO, Ambassador Omrie Golley, the company was able to train at least fifty (50) women and youths in each of its four Agriculture Demonstration Centres across the country, with women accounting for more than 50% of the beneficiaries.
It could be recalled that in a series of ceremonies between 8th-14th November 2022, Sierra Leone’s former Ambassador to the Republic of South Korea initiated the construction of agric-education centres in different parts of the country. The idea of the project then was to introduce a new agricultural system based on drip irrigation technology, perfected in Israel, to enable crop production continuously throughout the year, instead of seasonally.
The four agric centers were constructed in Port Loko City in the Northwestern Region, Bumbuna Town in the Northern Region, Gelehun Town in Bo District Southern Region, and Belabu Town in Kenema City Eastern Region. The four locations were been carefully selected to serve as demonstration centres for people of the 4 provincial regions of Sierra Leone. A fifth (5th) center is under construction and near completion at the northern regional headquarter in Makeni.
Partnering with Netafim, one of the most famous experts in the use of modern drip irrigation technology based in Israel, Golley Agriculture Development has placed this modern technology at the forefront of its plans to increase agricultural production and food security throughout the country. Dripping kits, at the centre of this advanced firm of agricultural technology, were purchased months ago to fast-track production.
The training of local farmers in the selected agricultural development centres had taken centre stage in this new modern initiative with be beneficiaries being adequately trained and equipped to manage their own local farms. The vision and direction of the project is to properly train locals in the various stages of agricultural production such as planning, growing, storing and distributing carefully selected food products, through the use of modern agricultural techniques and management systems, thereby increasing production and quality and reducing costs.
A variety of food products namely corn, cucumber, pepper, cabbage, macadamia nut, tomatoes etc. planted at the various centres around the country had been harvested and sold as part of the initial pilot targets. The company is also now putting modalities in place for genuine partnerships in agriculture food production across the country. Already, a team of experts from the company has identified lands for commercial farming. These lands will be installed with the most modern irrigation systems to enable perennial farming of selected identified crops.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Omrie Golley’s initiative continues to receive countrywide approval with the various stakeholders being very impressed with training aspect, not only assisting local farmers but also school going pupils as part of their agricultural science curriculum. This is why the communities have voluntarily decided to let out their lands to the company in the form of a long-term lease agreement for commercial farming, thus creating jobs and employment for locals.