The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Sheriffo Bojang, recently presided over the annual national congress of the National Coordinating Organisation of Farmers Associations in The Gambia (NACOFAG).
The Congress, which was held in Farafenni, in the North Bank Region, was attended by 125 member federations of NACOFAG. The main objective of the Congress was to elect in new members of the National Executive Board, approve policies formulated by the Board, approve the Constitution and Constitutional amendments of the Network, amongst others.
Sheriffo Bojang commended the Federation for fulfilling its constitutional mandate in order to report back to the electorates on developments of the organisation in the past five years. He challenged delegates to express commitment and cooperation in meeting the congress goals and to amicably discuss as a family of farmers to meet our food security needs as always propelled by the Gambian Leader.
Deputy Minister Bojang posited that the Ministry of Agriculture is cognizant of the role of farmers’ organisations in pursuit of agricultural development over the years. The Ministry , he added will further continue to give its maximum support.
For his part, Alieu Sowe the Coordinator of NACOFAG, said the organisation has come out with an approved three-year strategic development plan, operational and financial manual. He added that the thematic focus of NACOFAG includes: promotion and advancement of family farming initiatives nationally and sub-regionally; promotion of economic initiatives of the farmers bearing in mind youth and women in production, processing and value addition and marketing; enhance the enterprise development of the youth through micro-credit schemes and agric business development; promotion of agro-ecology and agro-forestry development focusing more on climate resilience and indigenous knowledge, and increase the business development of women on livestock (small ruminants), poultry faring.
Speaking earlier, Kanimang Camara the Country Facilitator of Food and Forest Facility of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FFF-FAO) thanked the organisers for such an initiative. He urged the farmers and foresters to also embrace in the plans and initiatives agro-forestry and environmental sustainable initiatives in the next phase of NACOFAG as a Network.
He assured the members that his organisation’s doors are always open to work with the new board to bridge the capacity gap of the network and promote the co-existence that binds them together as a family.
by Samba Jawo