National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), recently sensitised farmers on
mango fruit fly management at their NARI Horticulture Centre in Yundum.
Speaking at the sensitization programme, NARI’s director-general, Ansumana Jarju, said farmers and producers play a great role in the production of their products.
He said farming is a process that starts from growing the seed to bearing fruits and harvesting them to be processed; hence it’s a value chain.
Director-General Jarju said they engaged the farmers on how to tackle fruits flies and the way forward, commending NARI for the support to farmers.
According to NARI DG, fruit flies are major problem farmers are facing during harvest; hence they need to communicate with key farmers and producers to be able to solve the problem of fruit files.
He said media play a great role in dissemination of information, noting that wherever possible issues of concern are raised and solved easily.
The project Coordinator of Innovative Platform at NARI, Madam Osainatou Drammeh Sanyang, disclosed that ECOWAS member states coordinated an initiative by bring together all actors involved in producing fruits to control fruit fly.
A regional action plan was developed to combat fruit flies, she said, adding that the action plan comprises five components: control, capacity-building, research and coordination.
She disclosed that the project aims to increase production of mango in the sub-region, through reducing fruit fly infestation and increased income of actors in the mango value chain.
The project coordinator explained that tremendous improvements have been made in the development of the mango industry, by growing high yield to improve mango varieties, which is highly consumed in The Gambia during rainy season.
Alagie Sambou Dampha, the President of Farmers Platform in North Bank Region, thanked NARI for bringing them together to highlight the achievements and constraints of the project
He said last year they distributed insecticides within the North Bank Region, which he said, was a great achievement.