National Livestock Owners Association has held its Annual General Meeting (AGM)
to address key challenges affecting livestock owners in the country and to pave
the way forward.
The AGM also highlighted security issues regarding rampant cattle rustling and accidents that lead to loss of lives of some cattle.
The AGM brought together senior security officials from the Gambia Police Force, regional members of livestock owners and staff of the department of livestock.
The three-day AGM was held from 17 to 19 December, at the Regional Education Directorate in West Coast Region.
The President of Livestock Owners Association, Ebrima Jallow, said this year’s AGM comprises the value chain and the cattle dealers are represented across the country.
He said all livestock owners depend on cattle as a major source of livelihood and thanked the department of livestock for supporting the association with an office and four motorcycles with full insurance cover.
He disclosed that this year the department of livestock organised the first livestock show at the Abuko grounds, which was well attended by their members, adding that ITC has trained 11 of their members to conduct a nationwide animal vaccination campaign.
The regional President of West Coast Region and Adviser to the Association, Alagie Dembo Santa Bojang, who also spoke at the AGM said that the purpose of the meeting was to pave the way forward and they invited the government and security officials to support them in their deliberations.
The Vice President of National Livestock Owners Association, Seedy Dem, said that they gathered to discuss on their cattle that drives them from poverty.
“Livestock rearing is very important to the development of agriculture but we still have challenges and everyone needs livestock for daily feeding which should be considered as an important source of livelihood.”
According to Dem, the difficulties they now face was the rampant stealing of cattle but the association stands firm to stem it out but it is still continuing in all the regions.
“We urge for an urgent meeting between the livestock owners and the Ministry of Interior to address this cattle stealing at the border towns,” he said.