The community of Jalanbang in the Kombo Central District of the West Coast Region Monday presented five bags of corn harvested from the farm cultivated by Cabinet in that village during the last cropping season.
The vice president and minister of Women's Affairs, Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy, received the farm produce on behalf of the Cabinet.
Members of the community were led to State House by the governor of West Coast Region, Alhaji Lamin Sanneh.
Speaking at the occasion, Adama Nyiass, a resident of Jalangbang, thanked the Cabinet, adding that they started the farming in the said village since last year. He said that the move was in response to President Jammeh's back-to-the-land call, and thanked the Cabinet ministers for their support.
He also thanked the youth and women of the community for their proactive stance especially during work at the farm. He finally appealed for assistance in the area of electricity and potable drinking water for the community.
Lamin Mundow Jattta, the alkalo of Jalanbang, thanked the entire Cabinet especially the farm coordinator, Abdou Kolley, the minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, for their hard work and dedication at the farm. He noted that the cultivation of the farm fostered unity in the village as people, especially women and youths, unanimously turned out in their large numbers, something he said is a sign of unity.
He assured that they will remain loyal to the leadership of the country, while equally appealing for assistance in the area of electricity and potable drinking water. He also promised that they will cultivate a similar farm in 2013.
On his part, Governor Sanneh hailed the community of Jalangbang for their hard work and dedication. He said their move demonstrates their support for President Jammeh, and urged other communities to emulate them. The governor also commended the Cabinet ministers and prayed that peace and stability continue to reign in the country.
The minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Fatou Lamin Faye, equally commended the move by the community of Jalangbang. She hailed them for their hard work and dedication. She stressed that President Jammeh's call is a move designed to attain the country's food quest.
Minister Faye also commended the community for nurturing unity and cooperation. "If you go to Jalanbang village, you think they are all the same family," she remarked. She also thanked Minister Kolley for contributing to the success of the farm.
Abdou Kolley, the minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, who is also the farm coordinator, thanked the community of Jalangbang for their foresight. He hailed the people for their large turnout whenever there was work to be done at the Cabinet farm, something he described as an indication of their unity and cooperation.
Receiving the produce, VP Njie-Saidy on behalf of President Jammeh and the Cabinet, hailed the community of Jalangbang for their move, saying she was not at all surprised, as they heeded to the president's call.
The vice president also thanked Lamin Kaba Bajo and all those who supported the initial work at the farm in one way or the other."There cannot be any meaningful development without going back to the land to feed the people. I want to thank the alkalo of Jalangbang and the entire community for their support to President Jammeh," she said.
VP Njie-Saidy urged for continuity of the initiative, stressing that President Jammeh made the call to ensure that the country has enough food for its populace. She acknowledged that people are now beginning to reason and heed to the call, and commended all the communities that cultivated farms on behalf of the president.
Pa Sowe and Binta Bah, both residents of Jalangbang, also spoke at the occasion.