minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Amadou Sanneh, has said that Gambia
Livestock Marketing Agency (GLMA) as parts of its plans for 2018 will continue
to upgrade the Abuko Livestock ground facility into a trade fair centre that
meets the requirement of partners and institutions for staging market
promotions and related activities.
The Finance Minister made this statement recently when he was delivering the 2018 budget before members of the national assembly. He said the Agency has completed the designs with bill of quantities for seven livestock markets and five livestock slaughter facilities across the country for construction.
“Feasibility studies and sites identification has been undertaken for construction of live bird markets and meat stalls across the country he said adding that the Agency has worked on identifying several communities and conducting feasibility study for the construction of livestock marketing facilities.”
Minister Sanneh told deputies that the Abuko Livestock’s show ground was rehabilitated and upgraded with modern lighting facilities with funding from the National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development Project (NEMA) project under the Ministry of Agriculture.
He said efforts are under way to create a national body of livestock dealers as a cooperation or credit union where members can access finances to promote their businesses.
Giving the involvement of women and youth in small ruminants and livestock, the minister said, the government has negotiated a 25 million-dollar project with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). The project is expected to be effective by March 2018 and would help enhance dairy farming and meat production.
For National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), the Finance minister further informed deputies that the institute has strengthened sub regional partnership in the rapid restocking of major seeds and planting materials resources base. In the medium term, NARI is pursuing a number of objectives including dissemination of seed quality control path ways, integrated pest management and production of livestock feeds for enhanced acquaculture productivity.