minister of Agriculture, Omar Amadou Jallow, has sternly affirmed that the
Jahally-Pacharr rice fields in the Central River Region (CRR) will be handed
back to their communal owners, pointing out that the era of working for an
individual’s self-interest will now become history in this country.
“The welfare of farmers in mechanised agriculture is among my top aspirations,” he said. “We will do all what we can do in this new dispensation with a view to ensure that the farmers’ challenges are being address in order to better help them produce high agricultural production and productivity,” he noted.
Minister Jallow made this remark while speaking to farmers at the Jahally Pacharr Rice field in CRR South. He informing the gathering that his tour was meant to get firsthand information on some of the issues hindering agricultural productivity in the country.
The Agriculture minister added that lot of issues affecting farmers have been highlighted particularly with regard to water shortages, access to feeder road to their rice field, agricultural equipment such as threshers, power tillers, tractors, the need for timely availability of seed, issues of hippos among host of others.
He said that his ministry would revitalise certain deports and cooperative societies across the country, indicating that there is need for more horticultural garden for wome.
The Agric minister stated that they will work hand-in-glove with agriculture project directors to make sure that farmers do not suffer as they suffered for the past 22 years, adding that the new government is ready to support farmers to bring back the cooperative society to the communities.
Agricultural production, he noted, has declined drastically in the last 22 years, making the system frustrating. He added 75% of rural youths have gone through the ‘backway’, something he said had never happened before.
Minister Jallow said his ministry will be making a request to the government to see how best they can improve effectively on agriculture to make sure it take it rightful place in the socio economic development of the country.