Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) and the National Seeds Secretariat (NSS)
over the weekend organized an open field day at Sapu in Central River
The agricultural research institutions officials say the activity targets to share information with stakeholders on the technologies generated at on-station research fields and to promote research activities that will improve agricultural production and productivity to enhance the livelihood of rural communities and to highlight challenges and foster collaboration.
Director General Ansuman Jarju said NARI is a subvented agricultural research institute mandated to conduct adaptive client oriented research in agriculture and natural resources. He said actors in the agricultural production value chain are using technologies generated to improve production and productivity of crops and livestock.
According him, the research system is supported by laboratories of soil and plant analysis, food chemistry and pest management. “The national seeds secretariat is mandated to multiply foundation seeds and coordinate seed production activities, provide trainings for the production and marketing of quality seed and seed certification in The Gambia.”
Department of agriculture director general Sariyan M.K. Jobarteh said the objectives of the field day was to share information relating to technologies and best practices that NARI is doing in the field trial areas with their stakeholders.
Mr. Jobarteh said NARI is on the right track in their co-mandate by giving farmers information on best practices.