LRR, CRR Technical Advisory Committees sensitised on ANRP
Thursday, November 07, 2013
The Forest and Farm Facility dubbed “tripple F” with support from the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and other partners recently sensitised members of the Technical Advisory Committees of Lower and Central River Regions on the Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy document at a gathering held at the Trans-Gambia Lodge in Pakalinding Village in Jarra West District and Janjangbureh respectively.
In his opening remarks, Salifu Pouye, the governor of LRR, spoke at length about the significance of agriculture and steps taken by the government of the Gambia under the leadership of His Excellency President Jammeh towards championing the development of agriculture in The Gambia. He said agriculture being the backbone of the country’s economy remained to be one of the top priorities of government and that several efforts are underway to make The Gambia self-sufficient in food.
Governor Pouye stated that the ANR policy is among numerous programmes initiated by government to accelerate agricultural production and productivity in the country. He therefore thanked the facilitator of “tripple F” for taking the initiative of sensitising regional technical advisory committees on the ANR policy.
The LRR governor called on the TAC members of the LRR to take the training seriously in order to enhance their understanding of the ANR policy and urged them to share the knowledge gained from the sensitisation programme.
Kanimang Camara, the national facilitator of the forest farm facility, gave an overview of the ANR policy. He disclosed that the ANR policy was developed in 2009 with the overall objective of paving the way for the development of the agricultural sector. According to him, the government developed the ANRP to serve as the engine of sustainable economic growth.
He further stated that the policy is also geared towards promoting sustainable management of natural resources including marine, land, soil, water and forest, as well as to establish a functional and gender sensitive rural financial services that caters for all categories of farm enterprises with special focus on small farmers especially women and youths.
Camara stated that the policy will promote gender and youth development, empower women and promote the participation of youths in the agriculture and rural development.
At Janjangbureh in CRR, Kanimang Camara, said the FFF will promote cross-sectoral coordination and further enhance the organisational capacity of local communities as well as their involvement in dialogues and decision making processes at all level.
He pointed out that this new facility which is supported by FAO, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), International Institute for Environmental Development (IIED) and the World Bank will address the remaining challenges in the implementation of National Forestry Programmes (NFPs).
Camara noted that in addition, it will support new initiatives to help countries improve their governance structures at different levels (local, national and regional) to achieve sustainable forest landscape management, whilst promoting food security and climate-smart agriculture.
Author: Salifu M Touray in LRR and Lamin SM Jawo in CRR