Lrr — The planning service unit of the ministry of Agriculture recently organised a three-day training workshop for over 60 enumerators and supervisors for the forthcoming 2013/14 National Agricultural Sample Survey (NASS). The training was held at the rural farmers agricultural training center in Jenoi, Jarra West, Lower River Region.
In his welcoming remarks, the deputy director of the planning service unit, Abba Sankareh explained that NASS is an annual agricultural activity in The Gambia. Sankareh dilated on the importance of the forum noting that it will help government to understand the agricultural situation in the country and thus come up with required policies.
Lang Kinteh a senior agric officer who spoke on behalf of the director of Agriculture challenged participants to take the training seriously. He said the forum among other things is meant to prepare and equip the field workers with necessary skills and knowledge that would enable them execute their duties diligently. He said the forum will also avail them the opportunity to learn and share ideas on some of the issues hindering their work.
Kinteh further stated that the gathering will enhance the capacity of the participants on NASS methodologies and tools necessary for the upcoming exercise across the country. This he noted would help them to conduct an efficient and effective census that would produce a reliable and accurate data on agricultural activities. Kinteh said the rationale behind the census on agricultural related activities is to provide government policy makers, development partners, and donors with a reliable data on the agricultural situation of The Gambia. He lauded the participants for their tireless efforts in the past census.
While stressing the importance of data, Kinteh reminded participants that the collection of accurate data is a tedious task. He however noted that with determination and encouragement, it is possible.