Rice farming in Sierra Leone

Rice Crop Farming

Our Goal

SEWA Farm will introduce modern farming and management methods, which will have immense impact on the agricultural production and lead to economic growth, improved livelihood for the rural population. The local landowners agreed in leasing their land to SEWA Farm on a long term basis and SEWA Farm have a social program aiming to improve the local conditions for education, health, sanitary conditions etc.

SEWA Farm will fulfill these terms over time as the project develops and in this way contribute to the best possible understanding between the local population and SEWA Farm and its activities.

– introducing modern agricultural methods
– create jobs
– transfer know-how
– rebuild farming, production and economy

The Farm

The farm is located in the south east of Sierra Leone in the village Torma Bum, Chiefdom, Bonthe District, Sierra Leone. The Project is about 230 miles from the Capital City Freetown. In this small village is living 210 inhabitants. They are all generations of rice farmers.
SEWA farm strives to live up to the phrase that agriculture is the engine for socio economic growth and development through commercial agriculture,
SEWA Farm will produce rice, which is a commodity with high demand on the domestic Sierra Leonean market. SEWA Farm at Torma Bum has extensive fresh water resources from the large Sewa river passing by.

Rice Farm

Agriculture

Ideal growing conditions and large amounts of available land: Sierra Leone is ideal for agriculture. It has over 4.3 million hectares of cultivable land available, plentiful aquatic resources, a tropical climate, rich soil, and lowland and highlands areas. A current base of production in staple foods (rice cassava, vegetables), cash crops (sugar, cocoa, coffee, ginger and cashew), and tree crops (oil palm, coconut), has potential for significant expansion. A communal/chiefdom land tenure system and strong government facilitation makes land easy to obtain in most agricultural areas through secure, long-term leases.

Proven export potential: Population growth and recovery of incomes across West Africa is causing a rapid increase in demand for food crops. There is high regional demand for products such as ginger, palm oil, cocoa, coffee, and rice.

Agriculture:  Sierra Leone has

  • Ideal growing conditions and large amounts of available land
  • Proven export potential
  • High local demand
  • Favorable trade arrangements
  • Opportunities in agricultural goods and services
  • Growing sector with scope for improving local links

modern rice farming

Jasmin Rice

In the Tomar Bum area, we have the right envoiment for produce the Jasmine Rice. If the soil get´s the right fertiliser, we should even be abel to produce minimum 6 MT per hectars. The Jasmine rice seeds will be imported from Asia.

Jasmine rice is a long-grain variety of rice that has a sweet aromatic fragrance, a subtle pandan-like (Pandanus amaryllifolius-leaves) aroma caused by 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline. The grains cling and are somewhat sticky when cooked, though less sticky than glutinous short-grain rice (Oryza sativa var. glutinosa), as it has less amylopectin. It is still about three times more sticky than American long-grain rice. It is moist and soft in texture when cooked, with a slightly sweet flavor. Like with other rices, freshness and maximal fragrance is retained within six months from the time it is harvested, after which the rice becomes dry and fragrance decreases when cooked.

To harvest jasmine rice, the long stalks are cut and threshed. The rice can then be left in a hulled form and sold as brown rice or shucked and sold as white rice.

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