The Government has introduced a groundbreaking policy, known as the “Shift” initiative. Under this policy, security forces, including the military, correctional facilities, police, and fire services, will take a more self-sufficient approach to their rice provisions, starting in 2024.

They aim to cultivate 25% of their rice needs to achieve cost reduction and sustainability improvements, potentially saving 13 million Leones annually.

Henry Musa Kpaka, the Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security, made this announcement during a weekly press conference held by the Ministry of Information and Civil Education.

He stated, “From 2018 to 2022, the government spent 13 million new Leones to provide rice for the military, correctional centers, police, and fire forces. We are changing this practice. Starting in 2024, these institutions will grow 25% of their rice themselves.”

This shift is a vital component of a broader strategy to promote self-reliance within the security sector. By producing a portion of their rice locally, these entities anticipate not only financial savings but also improved food security.

The government’s decision has elicited various reactions, with some praising the administration’s forward-thinking approach, while others express concerns about the feasibility and efficiency of this transition. Nevertheless, this policy change highlights the government’s unwavering commitment to resource optimization and self-sustainability within the security forces.

As 2024 approaches, the nation will closely monitor the rollout of this initiative and its impact on both the security institutions and the agricultural sector.