The Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone has on behalf of his Government handed over a consignment of 6300 metric tons of rice (equivalent to 126,000 of 50 Kg bags) to the Government of Sierra Leone at a short ceremony held at State House in Freetown.
This came as a fulfilment of the Chinese Government during President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma’s state visit to the People’s Republic of China last December.
The Chinese Government reached a kind decision to provide 6300 tons of rice, which costs 50 Million RMB as assistance to Sierra Leone.
Ambassador Wu Peng said the first batch of 2750 tons which took almost two months on the high seas, has finally arrived on the shores of Freetown. The second and third batches of consignment, he said, are due in November 2017 and January 2018 respectively.
Ambassador Wu disclosed China’s determination to work close with Sierra Leone to find long-term solutions to achieving food self-sufficiency by developing the agricultural sector to enhance the country’s capacity to produce more food items. Besides the agricultural sector development desire, Ambassador Wu also assured of China’s readiness to promote other bilateral cooperation in Sierra Leone to support President Koroma’s Agenda for Prosperity.
Receiving the food items on behalf of the Government and people of Sierra Leone, President Koroma thanked President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China for fulfilling his promise. He described the assistance as a great gesture, and assured that government would judiciously use the rice for the benefit of all Sierra Leoneans.
The president expressed the need for Sierra Leone to be food self-sufficient and therefore called for diversification in agriculture which he implored China for close collaboration.
In could be recalled in March this year, the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone handed over seeds and chemicals to the Ministry of Agriculture for farmers in the Western Area.
Materials handed over to Ministry included rice and corn seeds, fertilisers and other agricultural chemicals.
President Koroma receiving the kind gesture from his Agriculture Minister
China has been carrying on the Agricultural Technical Cooperation with Sierra Leone for more than forty years. Since 1970s Sierra Leone has enjoyed support from the People’s Republic of China, which has sent agricultural experts and set up cooperation sites at local districts of Sierra Leone.