Category “Gambia”

Gambia: ITC, WARF Aims to Revitalize GILMA

The International Trypanotolerance Centre (ITC), in collaboration with the Regional Project on Sustainable Management of Endemic Ruminant Livestock (PROGEBE) and West African Rural Foundation (WARF) in Senegal Dakar last Friday held a daylong validation workshop, aimed at revitalizing the Gambia Indigenous Livestock Multipliers Association (GILMA). This one day workshop that gathered participants across the country was held at the Baobab Holiday Resort in Bijilo.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, representing the minister of Agriculture, Isatou Yarbo stated that the livestock sector in The Gambia contributes 29% to agricultural GDP and 8.6% to national GDP.

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Gambia: U.S.$28 Million Agriculture Project Launched

The Food and Agriculture Development Project (FASDEP) , a Project whose primary development goal is to reduce rural household poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition through increased agricultural production, productivity and commercialization has been launched at the Kairaba Beach Hotel on Wednesday 11th September2013.

During his opening statement at the launching ceremony, the Minister of Agriculture, Solomon Owens indicated that the primary development goal of the FASDEP is to reduce rural household poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition through increased agricultural production, productivity and commercialization and said these would be achieved through three key technical components; namely:- – Improved Agriculture Infrastructure Development -Agricultural Diversification and Commercialization -Improved Approaches to National Food and Nutrition Security.

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Gambia: Food and Agriculture Sector Development Project Launched

The agriculture sector in the country has received another boost as stakeholders in the sector yesterday launched a $28m project known as the Food and Agriculture Sector Development Project (FASDEP).

Launched at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, the project is being funded by the Government of The Gambia and Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFSP) with technical and supervisory assistance from the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Delivering the welcome remarks, Ada Gaye, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, expressed delight at the launch of the new project.

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Gambia: Kola Nut – a Precious African Nut

Kola Nut commonly referred to as ‘Gurru’ in The Gambia and Senegal, is a common and popular nut in many African countries, that plays a very vital role in the socio-cultural lives of Gambians and Africans at large. Kola Nuts a hunger suppressant is chewed and valued for its pharmacological effects and healing properties.

It plays an essential part in certain social occasions in The Gambia such as naming ceremonies, weddings, funerals and when asking someone’s forgiveness. It is also commonly used as gifts to show respect. When visiting an Alkalo (village chief) for instance, it would be wiser and polite to present him with few kola nuts.

While we continue our quest to promote understanding on some of The Gambia’s most valued traditional materials, our reporter went into the market to gauge the opinion of people about the importance of Kola Nuts. Momodou Wurrie Barry, a kola nut seller at Latrikunda market said kola nuts are ordered from Guinea Conakry and they buy them wholesale.

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Gambia: Hippo Rampage Hampers Rice Production in CRR

Janjangbureh — Farmers in the Central River Region are lamenting the destruction wrought on their rice fields by rampaging hippos. The hippo rampage is such that women in this part of the country work in rice fields in total fear for their lives as a result of frequent hippo attacks, thus hampering effective production.

Just on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, the women of Niani Sukuta were chased away from their rice fields by the hippos. This prompted the local farmers to march to the office of the governor in Janjangbureh to report the matter for any immediate or long-term redress.

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Gambia: New Agriculture Department to Boost Rice Cultivation

Minister of Agriculture, Solomon Owens, has disclosed that the government plans to reinstate a new unit to be responsible for farmers’ cooperative union and extension service under his ministry.

He further disclosed that the new department to be called Department of Cooperative, Agribusiness and Farmers’ Organisation, is expected to begin operation by next year.

The government, he said, wishes to regain the glory in the production sector and marketing of farm produce which agriculture was once known for.

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Gambia: Over 5, 000 Seedlings Planted At Abuko Nature Reserve

The Department of Parks and Wildlife Management and the Bird Watchers Association in collaboration with Saro Tree Nursery recently embarked on a massive tree planting exercise at Abuko Nature Reserve in West Coast Region, during which over 5,000 Gmalina saplings have been planted. The exercise was supported by Gambia Experience.

Speaking to reporters shortly after the exercise, Momodou Lamin Kassama, the director of Department of Parks and Wildlife Management highlighted the importance of planting trees in national parks such as Abuko Nature Reserve. This, he said, will stop the wildlife from going saying thick forests serve as a better habitat for the various animal species in the reserve.

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