Volunteers from the neighbouring Cassamance region of Senegal on Thursday, August 11, helped weed President Jammeh’s rice farm at Jahally Pacharr, in Lower Fulladu West, Central River Region South. Two communities participated in the weeding exercise namely; Kerewan France and Tumbung.
Addressing the volunteers, the farm manager Major Seedy Baldeh commended them for the hard work and solidarity they have shown to the Gambian leader, saying they have demonstrated their support for the attainment of the Vision 2016 food security initiative.
He further spoke extensively on the importance of farming. He said the volunteers have shown real love for President Jammeh, describing the President Jammeh as a passionate farmer who is strongly advocating for the country’s independence in the area of food security.
Major Baldeh called on Gambians to take agricultural activities seriously as it is the only way forward in the attainment of food security.
He reiterated that the overall idea of Vision 2016 is to end decade’s long importation of food, especially rice, into the country and ultimately make the nation food self-sufficient. According to him, the Gambian leader is of the strong view that embracing agriculture will not only seal the country’s food insecurity gap, but will enable Gambians to live in an independent and dignified manner.
Deputising for the regional governor, the Deputy Governor Alhaji Malang Saibo Camara hailed the efforts of the volunteers for supporting President Jammeh in the attainment of Vision 2016 food self-sufficiency. He posited that the Vision 2016 initiative is very important in the attainment of food security, pointing out that there can be no sustainable development without the attainment of food security.
Speaking on behalf of the volunteers, one Fatou Gaye from Tumbung village affirmed their readiness in participating in the attainment of Vision 2016. She seized the opportunity and applauded President Jammeh for what he has done for women in Cassamance.
by Lamin SM Jawo in CRR