Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) recently conducted a day fieldwork at Kerewan and Sapu rice fields in Central River Region South.
The activity was organised for ten different farmer communities from different regions to introduce them to different new seedling varieties available at NARI. The seedlings include cowpea, groundnuts and Findi.
Fifteen new varieties of groundnut, eight varieties of cowpeas and four varieties of findi imported from outside of The Gambia are currently available with NARI.
The day fieldwork enabled farmers to be familiar with the new seedlings and how they are cultivated. During the engagement, farmers realised that cowpea could be harvested three times a year when they have stable access to water.
Director General of NARI Ansumana Jarjue said the new seedlings shown to the farmers would increase farmer production and bring in new crop varieties to the country.
Representative of FAO said they would be always ready to support Gambia’s agricultural development in pursuit of attaining a food security nation.
Kumba Touray, one of the farmers said the exercise had enhanced their understanding of the new seedlings, saying the new seedlings will encourage farmers to be actively involving in farming to ensure food security in The Gambia.