NACOFAG youth wing prepares 3-year strategy plan

Monday, June 11, 2012

The National Coordinating Farmers Organization in The Gambia (NACOFAG), on Friday converged at NAFAFS head office at Tanji to work on a three-year strategy plan for the farmer umbrella apex body’s youth wing.

The participants were drawn from cashew farmers associations, maize grower associations, livestock owners associations, fish smoker associations, NAWFA, NAFAFS, National Food Processors Association, and National Farmer Platform, among others.

The forum, which provided opportunity for participants to raise important issues related to their plan of action for the next three years, was supported by PAAR Project under NACOFAG.

Addressing the youth planning meeting, the president of the NACOFAG Youth Wing, Musa Sowe, hailed the youth for responding to their invitation.

According to him, their turnout shows the youth are very much committed to the development of the country.

He noted that with the forum, very important matters will be discussed that will give the youth opportunity to set a three-year plan of action.

He asserted that the forum was to develop a strategy plan for three year to come, adding that the importance of setting strategy is essential as it will help them to work towards achieving their goal.

Mr Sowe further thanked NACOFAG under its coordinator for supporting the youths in all forms in ensuring that this strategic plan is develop for the best interest of the youth wing.

He said the forum would greatly help in setting up their priority that they can use to work for the next three years.

Developing strategy plan should be a collective responsibility and teamwork to drive their agenda,

For her part, Sarata Drammeh of NACOFAG, commended the president of the youth wing for his commitment to the group’s cause.

The aim of the network, he added, is to encourage the youth to go back to the land and be focus on developmental issue that is of great importance to their livelihood.

For his part, Ebrima Beyai, treasurer of the Youth Wing, said it is important to form youth wing.

While urging the youths to involve in the youth wing, Mr Beyai said the president of the country is at forefront of supporting the youth in their development agenda.

Meanwhile, in another development, the NACOFAG Women Wing also organised a daylong validation forum for its strategy plan at Lamin Village, Kombo North, West Coast Region. The forum was also supported by NACOFAG.

The thirty participants who attended the forum were drawn from various locations within Kombo North.

The forum was coordinated by NAWFA with support from NACOFAG.

For her part, Fatou Samba Njie, president of the women’s wing, said the validation of the document was funded by ROPPA, West Africa Peasant Farmers Organisation based in Burkina Faso.

She said the forum was focusing on land tenure system, especially the land tenure system in The Gambia, how women, youths, and immigrants are affected in gaining access to the land.

She also thanked the women for their participation in the forum, saying their presence did boost the morale of the forum in addition to their contribution to national development.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh