Goat meat is highly desired by Sierra Leoneans for its delicious taste, aroma, high nutritional value that is appropriate for all age classes. There is a forecast that goat meat will be scarce and expensive in the near future; the present supply would not be able to meet future demand as goat farmers are not expanding their flock while new consumers are on the increase.
Irrigated Okra (2021)
Irrigated okra is highly priced in Sierra Leone where most farmers do not practice irrigated farming, therefore okra is generally scarce and expensive during the dry season.
This was a pilot project was a to ascertain the soil and environment suitability for the okra plant under irrigated practices. Plant date - 01/03/2021; Farm location - Banga Ground; seeds were multiplied and stored for the next cropping in October, 2021.
The okra takes seven weeks to harvest, three set of harvests were observed. The okra was packed in a container (photos) and sold in bulk to a trader for 70,000 per container.
The next planting period for the irrigated okra:
October 2021 to March 2022.
Ladies Finger okra packed for market
Okra harvest in Banga Ground
First Season Maize (2021)
Maize (Zea Mays) is the third most import cereal crop in the world. However, little of this maize is consumed directly by humans. Most is used for producing corn ethanol, animal feed and other maize products such as corn syrup and starch.
In Sierra Leone maize is a delicious cereal eaten boiled, roasted, or processed into flower for cakes, and also used for poultry and livestock feed. Maize is normally cultivated early or late in the wet season (rain-fed). It is also cultivated in the lowlands when water levels are low during the dry season (irrigated).
The challenges for the dry season crop are enormous with widespread water shortages, intensive dry weather and pest infestation.
Maize grains from this farm will be sold for poultry feed.
Farm size is approximately 1.5 hectares, located in Mateti village (Mile 91).
Duration between June to September 2021
Activities includes: Brushing, Clearing, Tillage, Layout, Planting, Weeding, Fertigation, specialized Agronomic Practices, Harvest.
Land development activity for maize plant
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Second Season Maize (2018)
FoodEnv-SL established 2 acres of maize in the second cropping season (September).
Financing bodies were FoodEnv-SL and Nuni Technological Empire.
Project duration: 4 (four) months (September – December) 2018.
Project activities: Upland maize farming, land clearing and minimum tillage, weeding and fertilizer application, specific agronomic practices and harvest.
Planting Maize in Mile 91, Sep 2018
Maize farm ready for harvest
The poultry project under development has been self-financed since 2017.
It comprises a 3,300 Sq feet building capable of housing 2,000 birds, and is well electrified by a solar system
The poultry project is expected to provide jobs for a minimum 10 people.
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