Agric minister gives update on disposal of expired fertilizers

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Hon. Fakebba Colley, member for Kaing West, on Monday urged the minister of Agriculture to explain the circumstances surrounding the expired fertilizers that are stored at Mansakonko Area Council. Hon. Colley said he was concern because it poses serious health hazards to both animals and people in the area.

In his respond, the Agriculture Minister Lamin N. Dibba said he learnt about the stock of expired fertilizers in Mansa Konko Area Council and said: “I have sent a request to the National Environment Agency (NEA) the authorized Institution for hazardous substances to assess and advice on the safe disposal of the expired fertilizers stored for years; posing a health hazards to humans and animal within the vicinity”.

Hon. Alhaji Darboe, the member for Lower Fulladu West, also wanted the Agriculture minister to give update about the Chinese Agricultural team that would start operations in The Gambia on their major area of intervention.

In response, Minister Dibba informed deputies that the Chinese Agricultural team has donated 2588 tones of parboiled rice to The Gambia. “From July 25-August 4th  2018, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture they had a field trip to 31 sites”. A report and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed.”

Minister Dibba said out of this, a project document has been prepared with major areas of concentration being rice and vegetables. “The proposed sites are Sapu, Welligara Model garden and Basse”.

Author: Njie Baldeh