29 April 2014

Gambia: Nation Building and Agriculture


There can be no sustainable development without the attainment of food self-sufficiency. This makes agriculture a crucial component of the development endeavors of every nation. The recognition of this reality in combination with other factors explains President Yahya Jammeh's approach towards farming, putting agriculture as the basis of Gambia's development.

What is unique about this revolution of ours is that the president did not just stop at making a mere policy statement of the initiative. He went further than that, proving to the entire nation and beyond, that he is an action-oriented leader who stands by his conscience. Regardless of his status as president, he toils on the farm to produce food for the nation and beyond.

There is no reason to speak further in justifying this statement, as his position in the back-to-the land scheme is a well-known fact across the world. And it is therefore not surprising that he is using the tour to call for food self-sufficiency and visiting spots that can make this dream a reality.

The developments emanating from the tour are fervent proof to all sceptics that the president and the people, collectively, are registering success in the drive to make The Gambia a food- self-sufficient nation. However, we should be wary of complacency, and not lessen our efforts. We should continue to galvanise our ambitions in agricultural development. By so doing, we can be able to materialise the Silicon Valley objective.

More importantly, for the youths we are the technocrats and administrators of our destiny. We should therefore take ownership of the president's back-to-the-land scheme and make agriculture an enterprising business. The fact that other people are appreciative of our strive for nation building should give us additional buoyancy to double our efforts.

The ambition of our president is to make The Gambia a role model in Africa and it is us the citizens who have to work cooperatively towards achieving this noble goal.'

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