Massive turnout for weekend farming activities in Kanilai

By IAfrica
In Gambia
Aug 18th, 2014

Over a thousand volunteers drawn from the five districts of Foni in the West Coast region, Saturday and Sunday converged on the president’s millet farm in Kanilai, to render support to his anti-hunger campaign.

The weekend activities saw a massive participation of both male and female volunteers from Berefet, Bintang Karanai, Kansala, Bondali and Jarrol districts. 

The volunteers’ move, according to the regional governor, Aminata Siffaye Hydara, was meant to show appreciation to President Jammeh for his commitment to national development, and more so, to respond to his back-to-the-land call, an initiative that has the objective of making the country a food self-sufficient nation. 

She added that their participation at the president’s farm was also meant to show solidarity and contribute their quota to national development endeavours. “Any voluntary work at the president’s farms is to complement his efforts, as he has for the past years ploughed back to society the proceeds from these farming activities in many forms,” she said. 

Governor Hydara further disclosed that the weekend farming activity in Kanilai was strategised in such a way that their output was significantly felt, saying they have already made a significant progress on the area allocated to them. This work plan, she said, has enabled them to perform well, noting that the remaining districts of the region will be the next to take part in the activities. 

Hydara, who was still hopeful to receive more volunteers on Sunday, speaking on Saturday was visibly overwhelmed by the impact the group has made so far, saying the secret behind that success was as a result of the mobilization, as well as coordination between her, the district chiefs and the youth and women leaders in those districts.

Alhaji Junkung Camara, chief of Foni Berefet spoke on behalf of the volunteers and his five colleague chiefs. He used the opportunity to thank the Gambian leader for the privilege to work on his farm. According to him, mobilising the men and women to participate in this laudable gesture is something commendable. 

“We are all happy to be here to show our willingness to support the president in his farming activities. We are encouraged by the president’s leadership role in farming, which is geared towards making this country a food self-sufficient nation. We the chiefs are supporting this crusade and we will continue to support him. 

This farm in particular is here for the West Coast region and the people of Foni, so whether we finish it today or not, we will be happy to come back here again,” he said. Camara therefore thanked all the five chiefs and the volunteers for their response to the call, as well as the National Assembly members of the five districts for their participation. 

Also speaking at the farm, Hon. Ebrima Solo Jammeh, Logistics manager, Kanilai Farms, expressed his delight to the overwhelming turnout of the volunteers, and thanked them for their massive response. 

“We are very happy and grateful for the response. People have responded massively and the turnout today is even beyond what we had expected, and we are very much impressed with their performance. We have strategised the work plan today and we have really seen the impact,” he added.

Captain Pa Hali Gibba, the Kanilai Farms coordinator, also joined the Operation and Logistics manager in thanking the volunteers for their massive response to the call. He said, however, more support is still needed at the farms, as there are still vast areas of fields lying untouched. He used the opportunity to urge more people to come on board to help them on the president’s farms.

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