The Produce Monitoring Board (PMB) is set to organize one of the biggest trade fairs in Kenema City from the 12th to the 16th December, 2018.
Speaking to NewsWatch on Friday 16th November2018, PMB Executive Chairman, Dr. James Vibbi said the Trade Fair will showcase quality production and value addition in the agribusiness; promote export opportunities and the enhancement of Sierra Leone’s position as a regional trade destination., adding that it will also serve as a platform for potential partnerships and joint ventures with domestic businesses and further open collaboration between PMB and other stakeholders.
Mr. Vibbi said that the fair will target 70 farmer groups across the country and would enable the Board to determine farmers doing well in crop production.
“In order to motivate participating farmers, the fare makes provision for excellence awards meant to lure more farmers,” he said; adding that the event will further open the market and create a situation where exporters or dealers will interface with farmers.
Dr. Vibbi also noted that the Trade Fair will not only create a market for farmers but provide them with training on what they can do to increase yield and the quality of their produce.
“We have emerging products like Moringaare presently going out as produce from Sierra Leone and we need to maintain the high quality of these produce because they are of high expectation and demand. We are also going to have people doing extension service to the various farmers on how to keep the yield, crop control, storage and packaging.” He said, adding that they were also working with the Sierra Leone Standards Bureau (SLSB) to teach the farmers for quality control.
The Produce Monitoring Board (PMB) was established by an Act of Parliament in November 2013 as provided for in Part iii, Section 1 and 2 Paragraphs A to K.
The Act mandates the Board; with the oversight of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) to promote, regulate, monitor and evaluate the production, processing and marketing of high quality produce in both the local and international markets, with a view to optimizing the income levels of farmers, other members of the produce value chain in order to contributes to Sierra Leone’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and to maintain the country’s membership to all International Commodity Organizations.