GAF and agriculture

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Agriculture is indispensable and a key component in the development of any nation. It is a sector widely seen by many as an avenue for investment to achieve long-term food security as well as reducing poverty.

The Gambia is few countries in the sub-region bless with abundant arable land to cultivate whatever variety of crops. This couple with good policy directives and enabling environment, certainly the future is bright for any scale of agricultural investment. In their broader move to address the country’s food sufficiency drive, The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) is set to embark on what appears to be a large scale of agric production in The Gambia.

This was disclosed by Lamin K. Sanyang, the spokesperson of GAF at a recent press briefing held at the Defence Headquarters.

This is a welcome move owing to the fact that in as much as agriculture requires innovation and guidance, it also require able-bodied young men. So therefore, the active participation of soldiers in agriculture is very essential and they could be used in boosting agric production.

When their move is translated into actions, The Gambia will soon be on the path to achieving the country’s food self-sufficiency drive.

Military has a crucial role to play in national development and agriculture is part of the military’s constitutional requirement and service to humanity.

However, in this era of high tech and innovation, comparative advantages of agricultural and human resources need to be built, to boost productivity and increase competitiveness.

GAF with its composition of young, active and able-bodies – men and women and that coupled with the engineered expertise of AGCO Group, it is no hidden secrete that the country will soon eradicate hunger.

Suffice it to state that AGCO Corporation is a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of agricultural equipment.

The project would in turn create employment for locals especially where these farms are going to be situated in CRR.


“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.”

Allan Savory