May 22, 2014, 10:54 AM
Sobeya Tonia Kaffo of Kombo North district in the West Region recently
benefited from labour saving devices from the Ministry of Agriculture.
The devices included a findi milling machine and a rice thresher, and were handed over to the group by the region’s deputy governor.
Speaking at the ceremony held at the Governor’s office, deputy governor Musa B. Suso underscored the significance of the machines, acknowledging that this would help to eradicate poverty in the area.
He called on beneficiary group to make best use of the machines, noting that women’s empowerment is placed high on President Barrow’s development agenda.
Deputy Governor Suso commended the Ministry of Agriculture for empowering women and rural people, while urging members of the group to take ownership of the machines and put in place strong mechanisms for their sustainability.
The regional agricultural director, Kaddy Bojang Saidy, expressed belief that the machines would reduce drudgery for women in the area, saying they spend hours pounding and doing other chores without rest.
According to Ms Saidy, machine operators would be trained to ensure its durability, while advising the beneficiary to put in place sustainable plans for the maintenance of the machines.
On behalf of the Makumbaya Sobeya Tonia Kaffo, Jariatou Kujabi, thanked the Ministry of Agriculture for the life-changing gesture, saying that with the provision of the new machines pounding would become history.
She noted that the machines would improve the livelihood of community a great deal.