Members of the Public Accounts and Public Enterprises Committees (PAC/PEC) of the National Assembly continued their familiarisation tour of World Bank project sites with a visit to the Tanji Bird Reserve and West Africa Agricultural Productivity Project in Abuko.
Speaking at the Tanji Bird Reserve, Sutay Sanneh the park manager revealed that the Reserve was established primarily for its ornithological importance which is evident from its current species list of over 252 species from 61 different families, making it a paradise for birdwatchers.
He noted that tourists come to the Tanji Bird Reserve as one of the first stops offshore and offers both a safe haven as well as good feeding opportunities. He stated that the offshore Bijolo islands are used as a roosting site by large numbers of gulls, terns, waders and pelicans, and the shallow surrounding reef offers good feeding opportunities as well.
Sanyang added that their main constraints at the site are water and electricity, noting that the loss of the vegetation was due to erosion of heavy downpour.
WAAPP IC Visit
The West African Agricultural Productivity Project (WAAPP IC) was the next stop for lawmakers where the team was received by the monitoring and evaluation officer of the Project, Aji Ramtoulie Hydara-Sanyang.
She noted that WAAPP is one of the instruments that the World Bank is using to help countries, adding that currently the WAAPP 1C project has been established in 13 countries in the sub-region. She stated that the WAAPP 1C is a 10-year adaptable programme of two-phases; each has a five-year duration and based on the successes of the first five years, the country may qualify for phase 2. She disclosed that the WAAPP Gambia was supposed to close in June this year but due to some problems they adjusted the date to December 2016.
She said the WAAPP project comprises of four components, namely: enabling conditions for regional cooperation in technology generation and dissemination; national centre of specialisation (NCOS); funding of demand-driven technology generation and adoption; and project coordination, management, monitoring and evaluation.
According to her, the objective of WAAPP is to improve the productivity of the groundnut sub-sector through produce quality enhancement for increased farmer income, food safety and export earnings; enhance the production and productivity of rice through value chain development to ensure food and nutrition security; increase farmer income and import substitution; enhance the production and productivity of maize through value chain development for food and feed security and increased farmer income and export earnings; improve productivity of small ruminants through better feed management for increased income of women, food and nutrition security; increase productivity of poultry through improved feed and disease management for increased farmer income and food security and import substitution.
by Aji Fatou Faal-Sonko