As part of activities marking the 2016 International Youth Day, Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) recently held mega celebration which took the form of a weeding exercise at their farm in Bullock, Foni Brefet District, West Coast Region.
The day was designed for youths to share their experience especially in the agriculture sector among others.
GYIN is a national youth network operating across the country mainly supporting rural developments by engaging youth on entrepreneurship, agribusiness, and leadership so as to enable them become self-reliant.
Addressing the gathering, Momodou Edrissa Njie, ambassador of Global Youth Innovation Gambia chapter, the proceeds from this farm will be used to fund our 2017 and 2018 activities. We are praying to Allah the Almighty for us to have a good harvest at the end of the season,” he stated.
The youth farm he said was given to them by the community of Bullock and that all what they need is the support of stakeholders to realise their desired targets.
Dembo Kambi, farm supervisor of GYIN in the West Coast Region, highlighted the importance of the exercise, saying International Youth Day is about awareness creation.
He stated that there are lot of youth organisations that want to go into agriculture but they do not have access to fertilizer and land.
Ebrima B Sonko, the President of Kapama Youth Development Association said they have been partners with GYIN since last year, and they have cultivated 2 hectares of land.
“We hope to achieve a lot in the coming years, and we hope to use the proceeds to support association members especially those who want to cultivate in their farms.
Hon. Bintanding Jarjue, the National Assembly member for Foni Berefet reminded youths that they are the future leaders and enjoined them to do away with the ‘back-way’ syndrome and work towards the development of the country.
by Fatou Gassama