Lrr — The Nation Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) with financial support from the West African Agricultural Production Project (WAAPP) on Monday commenced a five-day training workshop on pest surveillance and control at the rural Agricultural farmer's training center in Jenoi, Jarra West District Lower River Region.
The training attended by agricultural extension workers is meant to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge in pest monitoring and control with a view to averting the dangers of crop failures in The Gambia.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Lamin Jobe the director of Research at NARI expressed delight and appreciation to the government of The Gambia for making agriculture a top priority. He underscored the significance of agriculture to the socio economic development of The Gambia and called for concerted efforts to improve upon the country's agricultural production and productivity.
Director Jobe further dilated on the importance of the training noting that it is geared towards establishing an efficient pest surveillance and monitoring system in The Gambia. He added that the training will help equip participants with the required knowledge to enable them combat new and emerging pests like white flies, plant parasitic and nematodes, which without control he said could make devastating impacts on the production and productivity of crops.
Yahya Jarjusey the chief of Jarra West commended government of The Gambia under the leadership of President Jammeh for taking the country to another level in terms of development. He the said the government's strides towards the development of agriculture are unprecedented and needs to be supported by all. Jarjusey further to thanked the organisers of the training for the initiative, saying the move is not only timely but also in the right direction.