Farmers trained on soil facility maintenance, others

By IAfrica
In Gambia
Jul 2nd, 2014

The Department of Agriculture, with funding from the NEMA project recently concluded a three-day intensive training for 180 farmers on soil facility maintenance and natural resource management, at a gathering held at the Rural Agricultural Farmers Training Centre in Genoi village, Jarra West District of the Lower River Region.

In his closing remarks, Ebrima N Ceesay, the monitoring and evaluation officer at the Department of Agriculture explained that the training is organised by his department with funding from the NEMA project that targets 180 farmers across the country.

According to him, the training on soil facility maintenance and natural resources management is meant to equip farmers, with the basic knowledge on the techniques of maintaining soil facilities. He said the training is also meant to engage them on how to conserve and preserve their natural resources, such as forestry and water management, among others.

For his part, Ebrima Ceesay buttressed that the training will increase the production and productivity of the agricultural sector in a bit to work towards the attainment of  Vision 2016. 

President Jammeh, he said, champions the Vision 2016, saying that all efforts need to be set up, so as to enable the country attain food sufficiency in 2016. He went on to assure the participants of his department continuous support towards the farming community. 

Lansana Jarra, senior agricultural officer in LRR described the training as very important and a big achievement as farmers working on the land need to understand the nature of the soil, so as to enable them improve their production capabilities.

He went on to advise the participants to utilise the knowledge gained from the training, by putting it into practice, as well as to share the knowledge with their fellow farmers in their various communities.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, Immigration Commissioner, Buba Bojang who is also a farmer described the training as very educative. He thanked the organisers for organising the training for them, while assuring them that the knowledge gained from the training would not only be put into practice, but it would also be shared among those who were unfortunate to be at the gathering.

Oumie Sallah, a farmer from Pateh Sam Village in CRR also expressed similar sentiment.

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