Bombali District with District headquarter Makeni has 13 Chiefdoms. In line with the decentralization process and in matching up with the MAFFS extension delivery system, the district is delineated into 6 Agricultural Blocks of which each Block is sub divided into 8 Agricultural Circles making a total of 48 Circles. The Block Extension Supervisors (BES) are the heads of the Blocks, while the Frontline Extension Workers (FEW) are in charge of the Circles. At MAFFS headquarter level, the 6 Divisions include:
Crops, Livestock, Forestry, Agric-Engineering, Extension and Planning Evaluation, Monitoring and Statistics Division. Divisional Officers /Subject Matter Specialists are based in Makeni to implement and or Coordinate activities for both devolved and non devolved functions of their Divisions in the District.
Bombali District has 2 Councils: the Makeni City and Bombali District Councils. Each Council has an Agricultural Committee that work closely with the MAFFS Bombali District Office in planning, implementing, supervising and coordinating all Agricultural activities in the District. At Chiefdom levels, we have Chiefdom Agricultural Committee, which comprises of the Tribal Authorities, Councilors, Farmer Based Organization representatives, BES and FEW. They ensure that all Agricultural activities are coordinated properly and carried out as planned.
Weekly management meetings are held every Tuesday to discuss with Divisional and Units heads reports on previous week activities. Also sect oral meetings are held the last Thursdays of every month to discuss with NGOs, Private sector organizations and Projects to discuss their previous month’s activities, planned activities challenges and recommendations in the implementation of their planned programmes.
The Objectives of the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security, Bombali District are some of the guiding principles to achieve the National MAFFS Policy Objectives: (Make Agriculture the Engine for Socio – Economic Growth and Development through Commercialization and Private Sector/FBO Promotion)
The MAFFS District objectives:
- Agricultural productivity increased (intensification and diversification)
- Commercial Agriculture promotion.
- Agriculture Research and Extension services delivery improvement.
- Provision of effective and efficient resource management