is an indisputable fact that agric development is key to promoting sustainable
investment to achieve long-term food security, thereby reducing poverty. To
achieve these set target goals, there is need for a paradigm shift from
subsistence farming to market oriented commercial enterprises. Comparative
advantages of agricultural and human resources need to be built, to boost
productivity and increase competitiveness.
Also, empowering farmers through improved information networks, community agribusiness development and enhanced linkages between research and extension will result in increased diversification, higher farmer incomes and agricultural competitiveness.
His Excellency, President Adama Barrow during his meeting with stakeholders from The Command Armed Forces and their partners from South Africa highlighted the need for members of The Gambia Armed Forces to begin large scale agric production as part of the country’s major food security drive.
The call would not only help in achieving the project target goals, but it would also contribute to boom in agriculture production in the country.
The visiting officials, according to reports, are in the country to acquire firsthand detailed information about the fundamental components of the project.
Following a comprehensive engagement, President Barrow was visibly excited about the prospects of the plan in ensuring meaningful changes that could benefit ordinary Gambians. The initiatives, he went on, present ample opportunities for members of the security services to acquire useful lifelong skills that could be utilised even after active duties.
For instance, the development of the horticulture sector has a significant role to play in providing labor opportunities, foreign exchange earnings and improving food security at the household level through consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Demand for horticultural products is estimated to increase along with the increase of income, population and economic growth.
As part of efforts to improve rural infrastructure, the quality of seeds, extension and information and communication technology services - all agribusiness elements - will eventually improve and industrialise the agricultural sector.
“Agriculture is not crop production as popular belief holds - it’s the production of food and fiber from the world’s land and waters. Without agriculture it is not possible to have a city, stock market, banks, university, church or army. Agriculture is the foundation of civilization and any stable economy.”