Lion Mountains began operations in October 2014 and has developed a land area in Lugbu Chiefdom as a pilot phase, with rice and groundnuts planted in December. This development is the initial step in rolling out a portfolio of 14,000ha, largely dedicated to the production of rice for domestic consumption. For these seasonal operations, Lion Mountains hired a workforce of 120 local people.
Milling & Sales Operations
Lion Mountains has established a rice mill in our warehouse in Bo, and processing and sales of rice began in December 2014.
Our milling capacity will gradually be expanded as our land area is developed, and we aim to be the premier milling operation in Bo District. Milling operations are overseen by our Milling & Sales Manager, Aruna Samai.
With Sierra Leone heavily reliant on imports of rice, the market is highly attractive, and Lion Mountains will sell domestically for the immediate future. When the country has sufficient production for its own needs, we will begin to export, as Sierra Leone used to do.
Lion Mountains sells direct to traders and wholesalers: for all enquiries regarding purchase of rice, please contact our Managing Director, Mike Gericke, on +232 76 158 803.
The Lion Mountains Outgrower Programme was launched in November 2014, and we now buy rice and other produce from several hundred local farmers in our three partner chiefdoms. In addition to providing this market linkage to our Outgrowers, we will in time also supply training and inputs in order to assist them in increasing their yields and diversifying their output.