least 30 Back-Way returnees among other young people have begun a five-day
capacity building training on business concept, poultry management, animal
production, entrepreneurship innovations among others.
The training, according to officials, was geared toward empowering young people in order to give them the necessary skills that they need with a view to enabling them run their own business in a commercial poultry and small ruminant farm.
The training held at Jenio Agricultural Camp in the Lower River Region was organized by the Building Resilience against Food and Nutrition Insecurity in the Sahel P2RS The Gambia Project.
Speaking at the opening of the forum, the Business Development Officer for the NEMA P2RS Project, Banki Njie, spoke at length on the significance of the five-day training, and urged the young people to take up the training with seriousness.
“We felt it is important that before you fund young people who have no idea on poultry and small ruminant farming it is crucial we build their capacity on those thematic areas,” he said.
The participants, he noted, would be helped during the five days as to how to develop business plan and understand the stages in business plan, the elements in business plan and why it is important to follow those elements for them to have a viable business.
“The training is very important for young people, because the project is targeting young people and women. The young people are the crème of this country, thus it is significant to build their capacity so that they can see their future in this country,” Mr. Njie stated.
Njie called on the young people of the country to desist from embarking on the perilous back-way journey and to grab the opportunities available for them in the country.
“It is sad that some people believe that taking this dangerous route to Europe is the only way out. I think they are risking their lives for nothing. We at NEMA and P2RS Project have lot of opportunities to get young people where they want to be,” he explained.
The NEMA Chosso Field Coordinator for NBR, LRR and WCR, Miki Jawla dwelled on the importance of the training as it is targeting back-way returnees.
He described the training as an important milestone in their development taken into account that it involves young people who just returned from back-way among other young people who want to venture into business.
Speaking on behalf of the regional agriculture director for LRR, Saikou Saidy Bah and Halimatou Tamba, Business Development Assistant NEMA Project dwelled on the significance of the training.
“We want to build your capacity in ensuring that at the end of the training you are equipped with the ability to run your own business,” they added.