United Purpose nationally launches Market Price information system

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The United purpose UP (formerly known as concern Universal) international NGOs with funding from Nema- Chosso under the ministry of Agriculture over the weekend launched the market price information system MIS for horticultural producers in The Gambia.

The launching ceremony, was held at Brikama market and the Guests were: Permanent Secretary ministry of agriculture Mr. Assan Jallow, Governor WCR, Nema - chosso Project Director, representatives from other Agricultural Departments, UP partners, representatives from farmers gardens from each region, among other dignitaries and cross section of farmers.

In his official launching statement the permanent secretary ministry of Agriculture Mr. Assan Jallow expressed gratitude to officiate this launching of such an important market Price information system at a time when the role of communication technology has become very important for Gambian farmers.

According to PS Jallow, Nema-chosso under the ministry of Agriculture entered into a partnership agreement with United Purpose and provided funding to develop a sustainable market price information system for vegetable producers in the Gambia.

PS Jallow seized the opportunity  to thank Nema-chosso under the ministry of agriculture for providing the funding to United Purpose to implement such a great  project that will help improve the livelihoods  of horticulture producers across the Gambia. He also by extension that all the project stakeholders under the various departments of his ministry, the partners of United Purpose and all the representative from all the farmers group federation across the country.

Also speaking, the Governor of West Coast Region, Mr. Bakary Sanyang called on the women to take ownership of this project which information is key to their farm production. He also thank United Purpose for this bold initiative. He lamented on the importance attached to Agriculture and said this project is out to fight against food insecurity and improve the livelihood of farmers.

For his part the Nema chosso Project Director Mr. Momodou Gassama gave briefly about the objective of Nema project and the activities that the project has been embarking in the changing livelihood of the farmers.  He mentioned some of the gardens that has produces high yield and has yield dividend to horticultural gardeners. He also assure that Nema Project will continue to support farmers while urging them to form cooperative society.

Mr. Joseph Gomez project manager MIS under United purpose, demonstrated how the system works by calling the telephone number of the system from a mobile phone. He said the objective is to enable horticultural producers to know the weekly market price for better planning and selling of their farm produces.

Delivering a speech the United Purpose program coordinator in The Gambia Mr. Ismalia Jarjou, said United purpose is an international development charity with an innovative community led approach to delivering the sustainable Development Goals and eradicating global poverty and inequality. He cited that one of the target of United Purpose is to tackle poverty and inequality, by enabling people to improve their lives for the longer term.

He said one of their way; is challenging the dependence culture, providing practical local implementation of the sustainable development goals and placing communities in the leadership of innovative solutions.

According to Mr. Jarjou in the Gambia their strategy for the current 5 years period focus is on livelihood and job creation, resilience and capacity building of civil society organizations to support effective decentralization. He said in  Casamance and the Foni we focus on peace building using a people to people (P2P) Peace building approach , over 400 conflicts reconciliation events held in the past 3 years.

In Cameroon UP work in the implementation of the “In Search of Common Ground” and BTG project

This project aimed to reduce conflict between Mbororo cattle herders  and  subsistence  crop  farmers  in  the  North  West  Region  of  Cameroon.

He concluded by saying that UP is very excited about this project and they are looking forward to working together over the next 1 year with their partners, the farmers and communities targeted and the government and actors to make it a complete success. 

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh