Farmers applaud Gov’t for reducing fertilizer price

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Government of the Gambia through the Minister of Agriculture, Omar Amadou Jallow, had been praised by farmers for the reduction of the prices of fertilizer from D1,200 to D700 per bag.

This were the words of the farmers all over the country during the Agric Minister meet the farmers’ tour recently.

Speaking at Pakau Njogue village in the North Bank Region, the Alkalo of the village, Momodou Ida Bah, expressed gratitude to the government of The Gambia for reducing the price of fertilizer.

According to Bah, reducing the prices of fertilizer was a clear indication of government’s readiness to help the farmers of the country in moving agriculture forward.

He commended the agriculture minister for the effort made to reduce the price of fertilizer and for making Chinese Government rice available to them.

For his part, Karamo Sillah of Limbambulu Bambo in the Upper River Region North, also stressed more on the importance of the reduction of the fertilizer price, noting that some farmers are not financially strong and not everyone could afford to buy a bag costing D1000 or more.

The Governor of the Upper River Region (URR), Madam Fatou Jammeh-Touray, expressed delight to the Minister of Agriculture for complementing her effort in conducting a nationwide tour to meet the farmers and know their challenges.

Governor Touray noted that the mandate of the new government was to transform and modernise agriculture and as well as help farmers to meet their expectations in their farming activities.

She challenged farmers to gird their loins and work hard to see that agriculture is transformed and moved to a different level as soon as possible.

Minister Omar Jallow returned gratitude to the villagers for their warm welcome and assured them that all the problems they raised would be solved as soon as possible, noting that he was there for the Gambian farmers as well as ready to support and collaborate with them at all times.

He promised them that in the next rainy season, fertilizer would be made available to farmers on time.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh