PROGEBE-Gambia hands over livestock projects to LRR, CRR
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The Regional Project on Sustainable Management of Endemic Ruminant Livestock in West Africa (PROGEBE-Gambia) recently handed over livestock projects to Jataba Village, Kiang West, in the Lower River Region; Jareng Village, inNiani East and Nyanga Bantang inNianija Districts of the Central River Region (CRR) at a ceremony held at their respective project sites.
The livestock projects which were handed over to their respective beneficiaries include 11 livestock markets and processing facilities, slaughter slaps, wells and drinking troves, loading ramps and rehabilitation slaughter houses. The project aims at preserving and enhancing the productivity of endemic ruminant livestock in the country.
the event, Sanna Dahaba, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of
Agriculture, stated that the peaceful and conducive environment enable them to
achieve such development projects in the country, pointing out that there are
several developed countries who today are unfortunate to have such a peaceful
He commended the president, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yaya AJJ Jammeh for his tireless efforts in ensuring that peace and tranquillity prevail in this country and also for supporting the development of agriculture in the country.
urged the livestock dealers and butchers to have authentic and valid documents
with them at all times during their business activities, particularly during
‘Lumos’(weekly markets) for
He also informed them that it came to their notice
that there are some business elements who have the habit of playing dubious
activities by using one single original Livestock Movement Permit and its
duplicate to two different dealers, which he decried as unacceptable.
He therefore warned them to desist from such malpractice and that anybody found guilty will face the full force of the law. “The sustainability and maintenance of the facilities lie in the hands of you the beneficiaries and make best use of the facilities,” Dahaba said.
part, Dr. Abdelkader Bensada, PROGEBE regional project coordinator, spoke on
the objectives of the project, which he said, is to provide food security
through better management, capacity building and putting a better operation
services for agro farmers and to conserve and preserve the habitats of
livestock in The Gambia.
He hailed PROGEBE-Gambia for their astonishing achievement; citing the fact that they were recently awarded the best among their partner countries for their dedication and hard work.
According o him, the donors will not only provide the infrastructure but will evaluate and see whether the facilities have been better managed, insisting that the project is for the community and they should ensure its sustainability.
earlier, Dr. Famara Bully Sanyang, PROGEBE-Gambia national project coordinator
dilated on the significance of the facilities and some of the roles of
PROGEBE-Gambia. He outlined that PROGEBE is being implemented in four West
went on to emphasise that the facilities are purposely meant for preserving
livestock; that livestock can supplement and generate income for the farmers,
especially in a situation of crop failure.
disclosed that they have been embarking on capacity building and skill training
of farmers in different areas, including livestock production matters,
livestock techniques that can improve livestock performance.
According to him,
they have been doing this for the pass two years in partnership with other
agencies. “We have realised that there is some improvement in the productivity
of the animals. The next stage is for the farmers to reap some benefit out of
that productivity gains,” he said.
to him, this was the reason why PROGEBE-Gambia constructed livestock markets
for the farmers, where they can sell their animal and get income. Dr Sanyang
thanked the donors for their tireless contribution and all those who
contributed in one way or the other to make sure their objectives are
speakers included, Abdou Njie, the deputy governor of LRR, deputising for Omar Gibba,
the chief of Kiang West; Kebba Touray, the chief of Niamina East; Perr Bah, the
chief of Niani District; Marafang Bayo, the consultant; Ebrima Cham, the
technical director for The Gambia Livestock Marketing Agency (GLMA), deputising
for his boss.
All of them commended PROGEBE-Gambia for their immense
contribution to the promotion of livestock and urged the beneficiaries to make
best use of the facilities.
A delegation, including the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, PROGEBE project regional director, PROGEBE-Gambia project director, some PROGEBE-Gambia staff, the project consultant and representatives from different organisations, representatives of the regions, governors, Gambia Livestock Marketing Agency (GLMA), chiefs, Alkalolu and a cross section of the respective communities attended the ceremony.
Author: Sheriff Barry