This video update from Mountain Lion Agriculture’s Model Farm was filmed in May 2016 and includes a demonstration of the sustainable, economical farming method being disseminated to our 4000+ smallholder suppliers. This method was inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka’s work and builds soil fertility and carbon using readily available waste materials from local farms and villages. As a result it is significantly less expensive than methods which rely on imported chemicals, and also delivers superior yields in the context of Sierra Leone’s acidic soils. Mountain Lion Agriculture Staff visited the Fukuoka Farm in southern Japan in April of 2016 to refine their knowledge of the method, and would like to thank the Fukuoka family for their immensely helpful support and guidance. Please note that the exact spacing and size of rice plants in this demo is not ideal and simply serves to demonstrate the basic methodology of carbon building for rice. See below for the finished product of compost, husk and mulch applied to rice:
Mountain Lion Agriculture is also pleased to have been singled out as Sierra Leone’s “leading rice company” by the country’s Agriculture Minister, The Right Honourable Professor Monty Jones, on May 26th 2016 at a gathering in Makeni. We would like to formally thank the Right Honourable Minister for this – MLAg considers praise from our local government and stakeholders the highest form of recognition as we work hard to serve the nation and its smallholder farmers.