Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Omar Jallow, had embarked on a five- day
nationwide agricultural tour of the five administrative regions in the country.
The five-day tour, which commenced on Monday, was to assess the success and challenges of this year’s rainy season with prospects of bumper harvest.
It was also meant to avail him the opportunity to meet and discuss with farmers regarding challenges of the season.
The delegation was also expected to visit some agricultural project sites across the five administrative areas of the country, as well as hold discussions with project beneficiaries with particular emphasis on expected project outcomes and impacts on their lives.
On day one of the tour, the minister as well as the delegation was able to visit different agricultural sites and communities within the North Bank Region.
The first stop was in Essau where he met farmers and discussed matters pertaining to this year’s rainy season.
He also visited the Bakindick Mixed Farming Center, Cashew Growers Association in Ndofan and the Young Farmers Dynamic Association in Ndungu Kebbeh.
Speaking at Ndofan village in the North Bank Region, the Alkalo of the village, Famara Sarr, praised the Agric Minister for the initiative, and highlighted their constraints such as shortage of water, cashew processing factory, market to sell their products, feeder road, storage facilities, milling machine among others.
In responding to the farmers’ concerns, the Agric Minister, Omar Jallow, said the main purpose of the tour was to meet the farmers to know their area of concern and map out the way to support them with a view to moving agriculture forward.
Minister Jallow assured farmers that in the next rainy season fertilizer would be available on time, claiming that the late arrival of fertilizer in this year’s rainy season was largely attributable to the political impasse the country underwent.
He called on farmers to venture into livestock production, noting that every year millions of dalasi was spent on buying rams from other countries.