Gov’t to revive 3 major groundnut depots

Friday, October 27, 2017

The Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Omar Jallow, has said that the Kaur Depot, which had been very important to the economy of the country, would surely be back to its former glory.

He gave that assurance during a visit to the Kaur depot site in the Central River Region North as part of his five-day agriculture nationwide tour.

According to him, funding had already been secured from international donors to rehabilitate the Denton Bridge, Kaur and Basse depots.

He disclosed that in 1968/69 when he was running Kaur and Njau as an agric inspector, the groundnut that was coming to Kaur alone was about 30, 000 tonnes.

He said none of those machines are operational in Kaur, adding that there was nothing more disastrous than failure of agricultural policies by the former government, especially in the agric sector.

Minister Jallow reminded Gambians that there is a new dispensation and that people should start feeling the change, saying that this was the reason why he decided to embark on an agriculture tour see what their problems were and to see how best they as government could intervene in order to improve not only their production but their standard of living as rural people.

The Agric Minister further noted that the new government has come with a new focus and vision that is to transform agriculture, noting that agriculture could not be transformed without modernisation and specialisation as well as mechanisation and diversification. 

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh