The National Livestock Owners’ Association (NLOA) recently concluded a daylong sensitisation on the forthcoming livestock census to be held at the Association of Farmers Educators and Traders (AFET) office in Brikama. The event was slated for Monday October 10th 2016.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief of Kombo Central Jammeh K.K. Bojang highlighted the importance of livestock census, saying livestock contributes significantly to the national economy and livelihood of the population, with the potential to make significant contribution to the improvement of food security in the country.
“You all have a great role to play towards the census that would last for a period of a month,” he stated.
The Gambia Livestock Marketing Agency (GLMA)field assistant , Samuel SK Mendy, noted that the census is in line with the attainment of food security, economic and social development goals as set out in Vision 2020, Vision 2016, the Programme for Accelerated Growth and Employment (PAGE) and the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The said exercise, according to him, will address issues such as lack of accurate and reliable livestock data in the country.
“The outcome of the census will highlight the planning, policy formulation and legislation for the development of the livestock sector for improved economic growth and social well-being. It will also support the establishment of an animal resources data management structure to coordinate national livestock data”. he added.
Mendy therefore urged livestock owners to cooperate during the process.
The president of the Association, Ebrima O. Jallow commended The Gambia Government and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) for their intervention.
Lack of reliable and accurate livestock data, he pointed out, is a challenge in making informed decisions for the advancement of the livestock sector calling on members to participate and support the officials during the process and give accurate information for proper planning.
by Fatou Gassama