Central Project Coordinating Unit (CPCU), Director Momodou Mbye Jabang has reacted to the concerns raised by
farmers during the Agriculture
minister’s six-day ‘Meet the Farmer Tour’, describing their concerns as
very genuine. But he, however, disclosed that currently the Ministry of
Agriculture has procured 21 brand new power tillers meant for 21 GCAV
Mr. Jabang further disclosed that the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the government of Japan through the intervention of the minister of Agriculture, Hon. Omar Jallow, is already in the process of procuring another farm equipment at a tune of D250 Million designed to address farmers’ concerns, particularly in the area of farm implements that would enhance their agricultural production and productivity. He said all these developments in this new dispensation are geared towards supporting farmers to participate actively in commercial agriculture.
Commenting on how soon the farmers will receive these 21 power tillers from the ministry of agriculture , Mr. Jabang said that already the head of horticulture at the Department of Agriculture, Mrs. Amie Fabureh, has come up with a sustainable mechanism to be put in place as to how these equipment will be distributed to the farmers. Putting this mechanism in place for sustainability, he said is simple, considering their previous experience with farmers, saying that there were a lot of farming equipment that were distributed to farmers free of charge, but after two or one years, everything was in a disarray as nobody cared about nothing.
This time around, he said that the ministry is taking a new dimension by putting certain mechanism in place to ensure that when farmers are given this equipment, there will be some sense of ownership for it to last long.
According to Mr. Jabang, as soon as they have ready put in a sustainable mechanism in place, the 21 power tillers will be distributed to the said horticultural gardeners to help them in their production.
With regard to the concerns raised by farmers on the issues of feeder roads, Mr. Jabang said the project under the Ministry of Agriculture will do everything within their ambits to ensure that they put facilities in place for farmers to have access to their farms.
“We want to reach at the most remote village to support them have access to feeder roads,” he said, as he made reference to the numerous contracts signed to construct kilometers of feeder roads aimed at connecting commercial businesses in agriculture from one destination to another .
Regarding the recent concluded tour of the Agriculture minister, Mr. Jabang expressed impression over what he had seen at the farms so far, while lavishing praise on the farmers for the warm welcome accorded to the minister. He, however, assured the ministry’s support to address their concerns in the not too distant future.