At least forty youth farmers drawn from across the country on Friday concluded a five-day training on how to operate and properly maintain agricultural equipment; such as power tiller, combined harvester and rice thrashing machines.
The training came against the backdrop of a countrywide distribution of agric equipment to farmers.
The capacity building was organised by the Department of Agriculture through the Agricultural Engineering Service Unit, with funding from the Food and Agricultural Sector Development Project ( FASDEP). It was held at the Rural Farmers’ Training Centre at Jenoi, in the Lower River Region.
Speaking at the closing, Sheriff T.J Sanyang, the Director of Urban Agriculture, said the overall objective is to support farmers especially the women farmers to efficiently and effectively utilise the equipment to increase production and productivities of their produce.
Sanyang opined that the equipment will further reduce drudgery and post-harvest losses. “The Ministry of Agriculture in its quest to maximise rice production in the country provided farm equipment across the country, with the goal to fulfill the country’s national blue prints like the Vision 2020 and the Programme for Accelerated Growth and Employment (PAGE).
Ansumana Njie, the Agricultural Director in LRR, commended the Government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Agriculture for their continued support and commitment towards improving the agriculture sector in the country.
He described the training as important, saying it is geared towards making agricultural activities easy for farmers.
“With the recent distribution of farm equipment to farmers and this training on how to use them I can say that success has already been made,” he added.
Njie thus advised farmers to always contact their agricultural directorates for advice.
Ousainou Jobe, the Deputy Director of Agric Engineering Service Unit expressed similar sentiments.