As the human population continues to grow, finding means to feed those people is one of the most important challenges faced around the globe. Even in troubled economic times, men, women and children need to eat.
And a healthy diet, high in protein is necessary to ensure that growing population does not succumb to sickness and disease. Fish and other aquatic organisms fit the model for healthy sources of protein.
This has been recognised by the Government of The Gambia. As well as providing a healthy diet for its populace, the government is also taking advantage of the fact that Aquaculture is a key source of employment for the youths and women. This is the reason why the Ministry of Fisheries yesterday signed a Technical Cooperation Agreement (TCP) with the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation geared towards creating employment opportunities in the Aquaculture sector.
Expert figures showed that a great proportion of this production comes from the developing world, in particular Low Income Food Deficit Countries.
There is a great lot to point at in the ever-enlivening crusade of uplifting the status of the youth of this country. The establishment of indispensable institutions like the National Youth Council, the National Youth Service Scheme, the National Enterprise Development Initiative, President’s International Award and the Songhai Gambia Initiative as well as the increasing weight of support being exerted by government towards realising these goals, by increasing youth representation at all levels of decision making, are all indications of the readiness of the leadership of this country.
So as we commend the government for always demonstrating its unqualified commitment to the development of its youth, we would also like to implore the Gambian youths themselves to make best use of those opportunities and pick up the life changing initiatives to build a better future in The Gambia rather than risk their lives through the perilous journey of the Mediterranean.