The villagers of Busura in the West Coast Region District of Kombo Central Tuesday turned out en-mass to harvest a farm cultivated for the president of the Republic, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh in the said locality.
Speaking to the Daily Observer at the farm, the alkalo of the village, Pa Alieu Faye, commended his community and that of the surrounding villages for positively responding to the back-to-the-land call of the president. He affirmed their readiness to continue responding to the clarion call in the drive towards ensuring food security and keeping hunger at bay.He described the "eat what you grow and grow what you eat" philosophy of the number farmer, President Jammeh, as a priority for them, given the immeasurable benefits attached to it.
Faye went on to add that the president's clarion call is very essential simply because it will pave a way for The Gambia to achieve its food self-sufficiency goals. He asserted that the only way agriculture can be developed in this country is by following the footsteps of the president. "President Jammeh is a patriotic leader who wants development for this country, so it is paramount to complement his efforts through such exercises as he cannot do it alone," he said.
The village head underscored that agriculture is contributing immensely towards the socio-economic development of this country, and noted that continuous concentration on it could go a long way in the realisation of the Vision 2020.
Faye assured the president that they will continue to rally behind him in the race towards attaining the country's development goals. He used the opportunity to urge his people to maintain the unity and cooperation for which they are well known for. He also appealed to President Jammeh to support them with farming materials so as to make their work easier.
On his part, the Siffoe Farm manager, Bakary Sanneh, expressed glee at the turnout, something he said manifested the volunteers love and dedication to the Gambian leader's clarion call. He praised President Jammeh for dignifying farming ventures.
The Busura Farm mobiliser, Wugeh Jarju, said Busura collaborated with Jalang Bantan village to cultivate the president's farm, adding that the benefits of the cultivation would eventually come back to them. Jarju said rice cultivation will enable many households to realise food self-sufficiency, while thanking President Jammeh for his meaningful participation in the development of agriculture in this country.
Aja Fatou Manneh, a native of Basura, also expressed similar sentiments.