Farmers receive more seeds in rural Gambia
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Farmers in the North Bank Region recently received more seeds from the government. The effort is necessitated by the fact that farmers had lost more than 70 percent of their total crop production during last year’s cropping season, resulting in agricultural stocks being inadequate for both consumption and re-cultivation.
Reacting to the recent provisions made by the government and its partners, the officials at the Njaba Kunda Agricultural District Centre expressed gratitude to the Gambia Rice Project (GRP), West Africa Agricultural Production Project (WAAPP), and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for providing large quantity of seeds to farmers in Central Baddibu in the region.
Sighateh of the Kerewan Agricultural Department lauded the gesture and
disclosed that the Gambia Rice Project provided 1, 255 bags of improved Nerica
seed; WAAPP provided groundnut, maize, rice; whilst FAO provided 3, 850 kilos
of maize and 3, 000 kilos of rice for 2012 cropping season.
He noted that that support has complemented the efforts of the Department of Agriculture to enhance food production and diversification of farming. Sighateh used the opportunity to call on farmers to be proactive and uphold the best farming practices to boost production.
One of the farmers, Alagie Jagne, thanked the donors on behalf of the farming community for their timely interventions.
Author: Alhagie Babou Jallow in NBR