The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture
Organisation (FAO) has proven in numerous occasions that they are really a
genuine partner in Gambia’s agricultural development.
The 3-day training of phyto-sanitary inspectors, exporters and those involve in the movement of agric commodities across borders was an important initiative considering the types of foodstuffs that are being sold in our markets.
This initiative came at a time when we need to put in collective efforts as citizens and non-citizens to inspect for ourselves as consumers to see what the types of foodstuffs that cross our borders. This simply explains that we need as people to be watchful that report matters concerning food that are sole and can be potential hazards to our health.
This FAO training targets all those involved in the movement of agric commodities across borders on sampling procedures, record-keeping and classification of high risk agricultural commodities. This is very important because agriculture is the mainstay of The Gambia’s economy and for it to improve to the stage we all desire, capacity building has to be across the board.
“This will contribute towards Government priority areas highlighted in the NDP, such as: modernising agriculture and agribusiness (NDP Strategic Priority 3) and Human Capital Development (NDP Strategic Priority 4), says FAO’s Dr. Mustapha Ceesay.
The training of phyto-sanitary inspectors, exporters and handlers on sampling procedures, record-keeping and classification of high risk agricultural commodities, he said, is very important in safeguarding the agricultural export market.
Phyto-sanitary inspectors need to be more and more vigilant since exporters rely heavily on the services provided by the phyto-sanitary services.
The training has targeted people both from the private and public institutions especially the Phyto-sanitary inspectors, who are responsible for the inspection of commodities that are being imported and exported out of the country.
It is all about protecting the consumers on the absorption the foods that are being imported or exported against pest and diseases.
“we need to put in collective efforts as citizens and non-citizens to Gambia’s Agricultural development ”