Bai Bureh Conteh, the Proprietor for Leecon Poultry Farm in Waterloo
By Musa Kamara
In a recent visit to Waterloo, precisely a place called Kamara Lane, this medium had an exclusive interview with Bai Bureh Conteh, an entrepreneur who has single-handedly established a poultry farm that produces over 30,000 chickens thereby boosting agriculture in his area.
Going down memory lane, Bai Bureh disclosed that he has been a poultry farmer all his life and initially he started his poultry business with 700 chickens and together with his family and committed staff, he now proudly boasts of over 30,000 and producing thousands of fresh eggs which are sold to the general public.
“What we produce today, we sell tomorrow and our eggs are preferable to those imported,” he said.
But however, as with any business, Bai Bureh mentioned that he has growing challenges that cut across such as feed and other ingredients needed for the maintenance of his poultry.
He said that feed for the poultry comes at a very high cost which accounts for about 70 to 80% of the investment and also taking into consideration the high rate of foreign exchange needed to purchase the feed in other African countries.
He added that his poultry business has been a one man show and in that regard called on the New Direction government and Non-Governmental Organizations to endeavor to provide indigenous businesses with loans to enable them expand their businesses across the country and even beyond.
This, according to him, will boost agriculture and the much talked about “Local Content Policy.”