AVCP delivers D26.5M farming equipment to URR communities

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Five communities in the Upper River Region (URR) have benefitted farming equipment supply worth 26.5 million dalasi from Agricultural Value Chain Production (AVCP) project under the Ministry of Agriculture.

The equipment includes tractors, threshers, power tillers and rice planters. They were handed through the office of the regional governor for onward transmission to the farmers in the beneficiary communities.

Project director Dr. Bully Sanyang said the equipment was provided in response to a demand made by farmers to address their plight.

Mr. Sanyang appealed to the beneficiary farmers to take great care of the equipment, reminding them that government had spent a lot of money to procure them.

Director General of Agriculture Dr. Saiku Sanyang said the equipment are expected to ease some of the burden on farmers in their farming activities, saying with the availability of the equipment, farmers production and productivity will be boosted.

Upper River Region governor Fanta Samateh-Manneh challenge all agricultural experts to support the minister to enable her complete her mission.  She also advised farmers to use the equipment for their intended purpose.

In a similar development, the National Agricultural Lands and Water Management Development Project (NEMA) also handed over six tractors, twelve rice combine harvesters, eighteen rice transplanters and six milling machines to farmers.

The beneficiaries cooperatives are Genier cluster in Kiang West in the Lower River Region, Kudang and Boiram cluster in Niamina and Lower Fulladu West in CRR-South, Maana cluster in Niani CRR-North, Salikeni and Jurunku cluster in central Badibou and Upper Niumi in the Bank Region.

NEMA Project coordinator Momodou Gassama cited said the challenges confronting the country is food security which he said cannot be attained when farmers’ plight are not address.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh