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Reading: “Feed Salone” Goal, Chinese Ambassador H.E. Wang Qing Welcomes Agriculture Experts
Reading: “Feed Salone” Goal, Chinese Ambassador H.E. Wang Qing Welcomes Agriculture Experts

“Feed Salone” Goal, Chinese Ambassador H.E. Wang Qing Welcomes Agriculture Experts

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"Feed Salone" Goal, Chinese Ambassador H.E. Wang Qing Welcomes Agriculture Experts
"Feed Salone" Goal, Chinese Ambassador H.E. Wang Qing Welcomes Agriculture Experts

In a significant development, the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, H.E. Wang Qing, expressed his delight in welcoming the new Chinese Agriculture Experts Team to the country. The team’s primary objective is to assist in high-yielding rice and corn breeding, as well as providing training to local farmers. Ambassador Wang Qing expressed his hope that their efforts would contribute to achieving the ambitious goal of “Feed Salone.”

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Sierra Leone, like many other African nations, faces numerous challenges in the agricultural sector. With a predominantly agrarian economy, the country heavily relies on agriculture for both sustenance and economic growth. However, low crop yields, inadequate farming techniques, and limited access to modern technology have hindered the sector’s potential.

Recognizing the need for support and expertise, Sierra Leone has turned to its Chinese counterparts for assistance. The arrival of the Chinese Agriculture Experts Team marks a significant step towards strengthening bilateral relations between the two nations and fostering agricultural development in Sierra Leone.

The team’s expertise in high-yielding rice and corn breeding holds immense promise for Sierra Leone’s agricultural sector. By introducing advanced agricultural techniques, improved seed varieties, and efficient farming practices, the Chinese experts can help local farmers increase their crop yields significantly. This, in turn, will enhance food security in the country and reduce dependence on food imports.

Furthermore, the Chinese experts will play a crucial role in training local farmers. By sharing their knowledge and experience, they will empower Sierra Leonean farmers with the necessary skills to adopt modern farming methods. This transfer of knowledge is invaluable as it equips farmers with sustainable practices that can be passed down through generations, ultimately transforming the agricultural landscape of Sierra Leone.

Ambassador Wang Qing’s reference to “Feed Salone” encapsulates the shared vision of both China and Sierra Leone – to alleviate hunger and achieve self-sufficiency in food production. By investing in agricultural development, Sierra Leone aims to become a net exporter of agricultural products rather than relying on imports. This goal aligns with China’s commitment to supporting African nations in achieving food security and promoting sustainable agricultural practices.

The Chinese Agriculture Experts Team’s presence in Sierra Leone not only signifies China’s dedication to fostering strong diplomatic ties but also showcases its commitment to supporting the development aspirations of African nations. China’s extensive experience in agriculture, coupled with its willingness to share knowledge and resources, positions it as a valuable partner for Sierra Leone’s agricultural transformation.

As the Chinese experts begin their work in Sierra Leone, it is essential for both nations to collaborate closely. The Sierra Leonean government should provide the necessary infrastructure, policies, and support systems to facilitate the implementation of modern agricultural practices. Simultaneously, the Chinese team must actively engage with local communities, understanding their needs and challenges to ensure their interventions are context-specific and sustainable.

Sierra Leone has immense agricultural potential, and with the support of the Chinese Agriculture Experts Team, it can harness this potential to achieve food security and economic prosperity. The collaboration between China and Sierra Leone serves as a testament to the power of international cooperation in addressing global challenges such as hunger and poverty.

As Ambassador Wang Qing aptly stated,

“Very pleased to welcome the new Chinese Agriculture Experts Team today. They will help high-yielding rice and corn breeding, local farmers training etc. Wish their work help to achieve “Feed Salone”

By working hand in hand, China and Sierra Leone can pave the way for a brighter future, where agriculture becomes a catalyst for national development and prosperity.

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Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean communication strategist, fixer, blogger, youth organiser, event manager, spokesperson, and public relations expert. His work has been regularly referenced and published by national and international media and public policy institutions. Sallu Kamuskay was a child during the brutal war in Sierra Leone. Growing up in the midst of conflict, Sallu witnessed unimaginable abuse of children and gross violations of human rights. The horrors he witnessed during the Civil War had a terrible impact on him at a very tender age. But despite the shock of the war, Sallu never lost hope. He started on a journey of recovery, studying, and working for a better future. At age 15, Sallu entered into the world of activism and advocacy. Sallu Kamuskay was the Vice President of the Young Leaders Organisation, a member of the National Youth Council. The Young Leaders is one of the oldest youth-led organisations in West Africa. The organisation was formed by a group of young leaders, and launched by the then Head of State/President of Sierra Leone. Sallu was part of the group of young leaders who participated in and contributed to the establishment of the National Youth Council. The Commonwealth supported the training for trainers programme with line ministries and youth stakeholders in which key, representatives of youth council, student union and civil society/private sector youth platforms were engaged and empowered in the effective engagement and inclusion of youth. Sallu is co-founder and Executive Director of the Salone Messenger, a global multimedia and public relations firm based In Sierra Leone. Sallu has worked on various developmental and policy issues such as Poverty, Climate Change, Human rights, Child Rights, Education, Health, Gender Equality, Civic Engagement, Government policies, Information Communication Technology for Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, and has also been contributing to various global events and advocacy campaigns. Sallu Kamuskay is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Salone Messenger, a global Multimedia and Public Relations Firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information, on top stories, business, politics, entertainment, and more. Sallu is working with a leading technology company in Africa, Techfrica, that has recently developed and launched a social media, messaging Supfrica with over 150,000 downloads on the Google play store in less than 4 days. He is the Adviser and Media coordinator for the App to give people the platform to connect and communicate to help shape their future with a very fast internet that allows users that live in deprived and hard-to-reach areas with poor internet facility to be able to communicate as it allows and stronger on 2 and 3 G network reception. Sallu has over 9 years of experience in youth engagement, inclusion, and coordination both at local and global levels, giving voice to young people and engaging young people to build a better world. He has served as coordinator for the Wave Alliance which brought together youth-led organisations who attended an international training in South Africa organized by the International Organization – Waves for Change. Sallu is working with the MLT, Waves For Change, and the Government to develop safe spaces for young people, with a view to contributing to the overall development goals of young people including health, as well as to community rebuilding. Sallu is currently the Programme Director for the Wave Alliance, which is a coalition of youth-led and community-based organisations that have successfully introduced evidence-based Surf Therapy programs to young people in communities, with a focus on mental health, peace building and sustainable development. Sallu is currently the focal point and face of Africa’s Faces Social media platform which is a global Social media platform that brings together people from across the world to share their moments, connect, share videos, and interact with friends giving more preference to excluded continents like Africa. Sallu Kamuskay has devoted his time to working for or contributing to a number of national and international organizations and companies, including the Techfrica Technology Company, United Nations, ECOWAS, European Union, Commonwealth Africa Initiatives. This work has led him to travel to a number of countries to contribute to global youth platforms. Sallu is the lead Coordinator for Peace Tour programme, an initiative supported by the European Union, Africa Union, ECOWAS focusing on uniting and empowering young people and local communities. Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. 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