Agriculture director: We will fight against malnutrition

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sariyan Jobarteh, acting director of Agriculture has promised that his department will maintain a full participation in the fight against malnutrition in the country, saying they will proactively increase protection in the agriculture sector to make The Gambia a food secured.

Addressing farming communities in the Lower, Central, Upper and North Bank regions during a project steering committee tour on post crisis response to food and nutrition insecurity intervention sites, Mr. Jobarteh said his department is working tirelessly to fight malnutrition by training farmers in order to grow food crops that will make them food sufficient and also teach them on the new farming technologies to promote productivity.

The project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), World Food programme (WFP) and UNICEF in partnership with the Ministry of Health.

Sariyan Jobe, the acting director of Agriculture said the mandate of the Department of Agriculture is to increase protection and proactivity and to make The Gambia a food secured country. He said the project is a multi-faceted project involving many stakeholders including the Ministry of Agriculture of which the Department of Agriculture is taking part.

He said: “Our role is to teach them the new technologies in both crop and horticulture” he said. “We want to make sure that The Gambia is a food sufficient country.”

Another speaker was Modou Njie, the director of Health who said the project has contributed greatly to the livelihood of people within the targeted areas by improving their nutritional status. He said the project targets 56,900 children.

The delegations visited many places including Jahally Pacharr rice field and many rice fields in Nuimi, Kuntauru, Bansang Hospital and many community gardens.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh