31 December 2012

Gambia: LHDP Annual Consultative Meeting Held in NBR

Nbr — Senior officials of the Livestock and Horticulture Development Project (LHDP) at the Department of Agriculture recently held their annual consultative meeting with farmers at the Farafenni Youth Centre.

The aim of the meeting is to share ideas and look into some of the constraints farmers faced and to visit sites of ongoing projects in the region. The visits took the agricultural officials to Nyang Kunda poultry farm in Sabach Sanjal, and Illiassa small ruminants farm and a five-hecter women's garden.

Speaking at the meeting, the governor of the region, Lamin Queen Jammeh commended the Livestock and Horticulture Development Project for enhancing the capacity of farmers on best agricultural practices. According to him, the attainment of food security calls for capacity development of farmers, as it would enable them to adopt farm practices and boost production and productivity. He therefore thanked President Jammeh for championing the 'back to the land' call and mobilising resources to contribute to food self-sufficiency and sustainable livelihood.

Lamin AD Sanyang, the director of Livestock and Horticulture Development Project underscored the importance of the project, noting that the Department of Agriculture has attached great importance to building the capacities of farmers on small ruminants, poultry keeping, livestock management, horticulture and marketing, to enhance food security and sustainable livelihood. He praised the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the African Development Bank (ADB) for complementing the efforts of government in food diversification, food security and poverty reduction.

The chief of Illiassa District, Ebrima Ansu Tamba Jammeh, applauded LHDP and its donor partners for complementing the efforts of the Department of Agriculture in boosting food production through capacity enhancement of farmers, and the frontline extension workers for imparting best agricultural practices to increase food production and diversification.

Chief Jammeh noted that the provision of skills and infrastructural development would obviously boost production in NBR. He applauded LHDP for strengthening the capacity of the regional offices in the execution of the project activities, which he noted enhances effective coordination and communication with farmers.

Mama Tamba Jammeh, a youth leader in Illiasa also thanked the LHDP for their all time support.

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