By Neneh galleh Barry
The National Assembly select committee on agriculture recently visited poultry, fish pond, tidal irrigation, access roads and rice fields in Janjanbureh, Central River Region (CRR) as part of their tour.
The tour aimed at meeting the farmers as to discuss issues of the project benefits as well as the challenges.
Speaking at the meeting, Hon Momodou Ceesay the chairman of the committee advised the project directors to fast track the implementation of their ongoing projects in other to enable them effectively render services to the communities.
According to him, the government is committed to poverty alleviation and improving the well-being of its people.
“In a bid to be more responsive to the numerous challenges facing our community he said the department of Agriculture is currently doing all efforts to support farmers as far as the national development plan is concern.
Honorable Ceesay urged the extension workers to improve on their service delivery and agricultural productivity noting that their work is crucial in the development of agriculture. He challenged farmers to ask questions in other to clear their doubts and be able to tap knowledge and guide other farmers.
The impacts of climate change are continuously and adversely affecting the poorest and most vulnerable regions in the world. Agricultural activities have been hampered and yields loss due to the ramifications of climate change on crops.
Speaking on behave of farmers Suluman Ceesay thank NEMA project for their support, adding that since the establishment of the fish pond and poultry in their region students have been benefiting from it especially when they’re no fish coming from kombo.
Farmers in rural Gambia, particularly North Bank and CRR have raised concern about this year’s rainfall that there could be poor harvest, in this vein they call on government and private sector to come to their aid by providing farm equipment, fertilizer and seedlings at the right time.