22 January 2013

Gambia: MDFT Trained On Management Techniques

Crr — The Sustainable Land Management Project (SLMP) in collaboration with the regional Agricultural Directorate in Central River Region (CRR) on Sunday conducted a day's training for members of the Multidisciplinary Facilitation Team (MDFT) on group formation and management at Sapu in Central River Region (CRR) south.

The SLMP is mandated to improve production and productivity of farmers through improved sustainable land management techniques. To achieve this, farmers need to be well organised and capacitated.

Addressing the participants, Habib Touray, the regional agricultural directorate, said the MDFTs play a crucial role in the provision of knowledge and skills necessary for farmers to be able to adopt and apply more efficient crop and animal production methods to improve their productivity and living standards. Their responsibility he noted, includedisseminating useful information to people and helping themlearn how to use it to build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

Touray revealed that SLMP was established to reduce erosion, indicating that erosion control measures protect the topsoil and improve soil fertility. He therefore implored on the participants to help in achieving the project objective.

The SLMP regional supervisor, Ousman Kolly, stated that the establishment of the project is an innovative approach to address soil degradation. He explained that soil fragility is exacerbated by erosion, removal of vegetation cover and acidity among others.

The conservation techniques used by the SLMP in their intervention villages, Kolly further highlighted, were anti-salt dykes, contour bands, and agro-forestry. He called on the participants to intensify their awareness creation about the project activities.

Kolly went on to inform that the continental terminal soils, which form the bulk of the frequently cultivated upland, have declined in fertility and their productive capacity is generally low. He called for concerted efforts for the successful implementation of the project.

Abdoulie Manjang, the principal Agricultural officer, urged the participants to spread the message of popularise leguminous production for forage and also for soil fertility improvement through nitrogen fixation. He said the project is also developing woodlot in some communities.

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