New Agric Minister affirms commitment to work with government

Monday, July 16, 2018

Gambia’s newly appointed Minister of Agriculture Lamin Dibba has affirmed his commitment to amicably work with the government to achieve Gambia’s common goal in agriculture development

Mr. Dibba was speaking last Friday after concluding a three-day nationwide tour of the six agriculture regions. His permanent secretary Hassan Jallow, Central Project Coordinating Unit (CPCU) director Momodou Mbye Jabang, Director General NARI Anusuman Jarju, project coordinator AVCP Bully Sanyang, Farmers’ representative NACO President Musa Sowe and other senior staff of the Ministry, accompanied the minister.

The tour was meant to provide the Minister the opportunity to meet with the farmers ahead of the forthcoming presidential meet the farmers’ tour that is expected to start on Monday. It also to help the Minister to get firsthand information from the farmers on issues that are affecting them and hold discussions with them for possible solution in addressing those issues.

After meeting various farmers at their regions, issues were raised such as lack of seeds, fertilizers, proper drinking water and lack of farming equipment. Technicians from the Ministry promised to ensure that most of their problems are addressed, especially tractors that are some of the major problems, as most of the tractors are before the Commission of Inquiry.

Speaking at the end of the three-day tour, Minister Dibba described the tour as educative, saying it was a learning process for him and gathering of information from the farmers and extension workers on what is on the ground. He said through his interaction with senior agriculture officials and farmers, who are on the ground, he was elated with them.

“Projects are doing very well in supporting the farmers in poverty reduction, concern on production and other aspect that promote production. So I am really comfortable with my project directors. The Gambia will have an agricultural development bank in our short term plan but it depends on us in improving the agricultural production and productivity,” Minister reiterated.

Permanent Secretary Hassan Jallow commended the Minister for taking his time to embark on a nationwide tour after few days of appointment.  “We are grateful and need to thank the Minister for this bold initiative, which is a clear indication of his concern for the farmers.”

He said the tour was educative, as farmers raised lots of concerns that, he believes would be solved soon. “I appreciate all the project directors for their participation during the tour and I will encourage them to work as team in achieving our goals,” he commended. 

Author: Pa Modou Cham