Gov’t to purchase 7500 metric tons of fertilizer as rains approach

Thursday, May 23, 2019

According to the presidency on Wednesday, the Gambia government will purchase 7500 metric tons of fertilizer for the 2019 rainy season which is fast approaching.

It says this is part of President Adama Barrow’s economic policy to transfer the rudimentary farming system to mechanised farming adding that is to make agric business a key player.

The director of Press and Public Relations at State House Amie Bojang Sissoho said to realise this policy goal, the government is ensuring that farmers’ access to farming inputs and implements are given a priority for the upcoming farming season.

“The Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with National Food Security Processing and Marketing Corporation is procuring a total of 7500 tons of metric fertilizer for the rainy season this year,” she said. “Also, with support from Japan an extra 600 tons of fertilizer and 30 tons of assorted seeds will be available to farmers this year.”

The press director said, farmers and cooperative groups and 11 cluster communities from URR, CRR, NBR and LRR will benefit from 260 agricultural equipment.

According to the presidency, the Agriculture Ministry together with Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) through European funding will procure certified seeds from the Gambian seed growers.

The press director said, over 11000 households have been identified in URR, CRR, NBR and LRR and would be given FAO procured seeds and fertilizers in the expected rainy season.

Author: Sankulleh Gibril Janko
Source: Picture: Amie Bojang Sissoho