Agric minister visits Sukuta garden, market

Monday, November 20, 2017

As part of his continuation of agriculture establishment tour, the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Omar Jallow, recently visited the Sukuta Women’s Garden, Sukuta Market and the Mango Processing Plants in Jimpex.

The aim was to get first hand information and meet with the women horticultural gardeners and discuss issues affecting their productions with them as well as to see how to enhance their agricultural production and productivity.

During his meeting with the women, they lamented the lack of materials, water among others.

However, they praised FASDEP for fencing the garden, which the women described as a wonderful move.

In responding to their needs, the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Amadou Jallow, pledged to the Sukuta women gardeners that they would provide them with two power tillers to boost their efforts in the garden.

He expressed delight to the women for their hard work, saying that he constructed the garden when he was the Minister during Jawara’s time.

 He also assured them of the new government support to Gambians, especially women and youth, while he praised the women for their commitment toward the garden, which was key in improving their livelihood.

Minister Jallow urged the Sukuta women to redouble their efforts in horticultural gardening while also calling on the men folk to participate more in horticultural gardens.

He commented on the importance of diversifying livestock and crop in community, saying that at the level of his ministry they target to give out thirty rams to certain group of people for sheep fattening in order to support themselves.

The Minister also commended FASDEP for their support to the women’s garden and the market.

 He promised the Women Federation that his ministry would assist them with storage and freezing facilities to be able to preserve some of the products sold at the market.

For his part, Kebba Jarju, the Director of FASDEP assured the women of Sukuta garden that they would communicate with the Department of Water Resources to ensure that the issue of water is addressed in the garden.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh