The National Livestock Owners’ Association (NaLOA) with support from The Gambia Livestock Marketing Agency (GLMA) has embarked on a nationwide tour to sensitise stakeholders in the livestock sub-sector on the forthcoming National Livestock Show. The first leg of the tour with district livestock dealers and district authorities was held at Kerr Jarga Jobe, Njabakunda and Farafenni in the North Bank Region.
It has allowed the national executive to discuss with stakeholders vital issues like the creation of cattle tracts, grazing land and drinking points for cattle.
Ebrima Jallow, President of the National Livestock Owners’ Association, underscored the importance the national executive attaches to animal production.
The tour, he affirmed, is aimed to discuss the progress, and challenges confronting the livestock sub-sector and to ensure the full participation of members in the forthcoming livestock show.
He opined that encouraging farmers’ participation in livestock production will enhance their capacity and make rams affordable.
Jallow thus challenged district chapters to breed animals that would enhance income and diversification. He also called on the farming communities to avoid encroaching upon cattle tracts, to ensure easy passage of cattle to grazing land.
He opined that women’s participation at district executive level would boost their involvement in decision making.
Jallow then commended NEMA for funding the recent two-month vaccination campaign against trans-boundary cattle disease (CBPP), expressing hope that the move would improve animal health and productivity.
Ousman Jallow, Public Relations Officer pointed out the need for concerted efforts by stakeholders in promoting animal welfare.
Ebou Bah, Regional Chairperson of NBR chapter, urged members to regularise their status at district, regional and national levels.
Chief Alagie Jagne of Central Badibou, thanked the NaLOA for their foresight in strengthening animal production.
He then urged shepherds and herders to build good working relations with district authorities to have easy access to grazing lands.
Dembo Naffie Jaiteh of Njaba Kunda called on the national executive to strengthen public awareness on the importance of issuing authentic animal permit and ensure that it is easily available.
Amadou Jallow, chairperson of Central Badibou Livestock Dealers’ Association affirmed their unflinching support to boost animal health and promote transparency and accountability of resources.
by Alhagie Babou Jallow &