SIERRA LEONE – The Government’s Principal Private Sector partner SLeCAD (Sierra Leone Chamber for Agribusiness Development) has launched the SAKATA Seed and Input Company in the country geared at producing and supplying quality seeds to farmers.

According to Concord, the company will also engage in providing input technologies to small holder farmers and large scale agro-industries along the agricultural value chains that will ensure jobs and wealth creation goals, improve food security.

With improved capacities, farmers will be able to venture into agro industrialisation through an access to quality seeds thus creating a vibrant seed sector in the country.

“What is killing our farmers and making them to be poor is because the seed sector or input they are using is either used or out used,” said Executive Secretary of SLeCAD, Ahmed Nano.

He added that with new direction from the leadership, SAKATA would help the country’s farmers develop with bumper harvest.

The company which has been in existence since 1913 has become a global brand in vegetable seed and input in the world.

In collaboration with farmers through their local contact and the Agribusiness Chamber, the company said it will provide seeds such as cabbage, carrot, cucumber, melon, okra, onion, pepper, squash, tomato, and watermelon.

Apart from supplying seeds and input to farmers, they will also be involved in offering proper training for farmers in a bid to improve general yields.

According to a focal person for Sakata in Sierra Leone, Chernoh Musa Kabia, the company is the third largest seed company in the world and has been in the business of seedlings for over one hundred years.

Kabia added that the price of Sakata seeds will be minimal and that the company will provide technical support to farmers on how to use the seedlings for better harvest.

Sakata also has operations in Senegal, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire and Togo, amongst other countries.