NBR farmers respond to back-to-the-land call
Monday, August 31, 2009
Farmers in the North Bank Region (NBR), are actively adhering to President Jammeh's clarion call for people to go back to the land, to ensure food self-sufficiency.
Many farmers in the NBR are quite optimistic that there will be bumper harvest this year, following the massive response to President Jammeh's call. In an interview with the Daily Observer in Farafenni, Modou Cham, field coordinator, said six villages; namely, Una Angali, Mecca Farafenni, Jiry Kaw, Lansarr, Dootobally, and Chisima Jaw in Jokadou, in the North Bank Region, have cultivated coos on a vast areas of land in the region, in a bid to support the Gambian leader in his quest to fight against hunger and poverty. Cham believed that with the massive response by Gambians across the country, poverty will soon become history in The Gambia.
He commended President Jammeh for leading by example in his back to the land call. According to Cham, Gambians should emulate President Jammeh and support him in his Kanilai farms, hence the proceeds of his farms go back to them. Cham observed that about 90% of the informal sector is run by non-Gambians, adding that one cannot estimate how much money go out of the country.
He however challenged the youths to complement government's efforts in combating hunger and poverty in the country. He further said farming or any other self-employment job is the only means of eradicating hunger and unemployment among youths. Cham who also created a special farm for President Jammeh in Chammen village believes that for any nation to develop, its youths must take the lead in working. "If youths take up farming and skilled jobs, then we will be able to control the prices of goods," he noted.
Author: By Alhagie Babou Jallow in North Bank Region