Mountain Lion Agriculture is pleased to announce the completion of a 740 Metric Ton order for parboiled, local rice commissioned by the World Food Programme. We purchased the raw paddy for this order from over 4000 smallholder farmers in Sierra Leone and bolstered vulnerable rural households during a critical time for the country and its Ag Economy. The order was completed despite Ebola-related travel restrictions and logistical challenges, during the height of Sierra Leone’s rainy season (a difficult time to buy and process rice). To fill the order, our Company even had to transport approximately 20 tons of raw paddy rice by boat!
Completing a large order under such difficult circumstances is a credit to the outstanding performance and dedication of our staff, as well as the loyalty of our smallholder suppliers. We challenge any international company who enters Sierra Leone with a large contingent of expat labour or leadership to instead give Sierra Leonean staff and suppliers a chance. Our work is proving that Sierra Leoneans are some of the hardest working, most honest, and most loyal people on the planet.
MLAg has more good news. Every year we sponsor a student who lacks funds to attend the University of Makeni. This year’s recipient, John Teddy Senesie Baimba, was awarded the “Brain of the University” Certificate of Merit for his best-in-class performance. Mountain Lion Ag would like to congratulate John who like our staff is proving the outstanding ability of Sierra Leoneans to endure great challenges and yet still rise to the occasion when opportunities are presented.