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1.5 Hectare Farm for Beakanyang

Jul 29, 2008, 12:50 PM | Article By: By Abdourahman Sallah in URR

The members of Beakanyang Kafo recently cultivated their 1.5 hectare maize farm located in the village of Barrow Kunda in Upper River Region.

Speaking at the occasion, Yahya Sumareh, board chairman of the organisation, thanked the youths for actively participating in the exercise. He said that they intend to expand the size of the farm in days to come.

Tumani Danjo, president of Beakanyang, said that the move is in response to the call made by the Gambian leader for people to go back to the land. " After we are not going to share the proceeds with him but we will rather use it for our own activities. As young people we are able, energetic and strong to work actively on the farm," he said. Mr. Danjo further said that the development of the country could only be done by Gambians and not foreigners thus the need for people to go back to the land.

Dutta S. Toutray, Program Officer of Beakanyang, revealed to The Point that the proceeds of the farm will be use to sponsor the ongoing projects of the organisation. Which, he added, include orphan care, fencing of Barrow Kunda Lower Basic School and food for their annual gatherings.

Reacting to the gesture, Mr. Nfamara Jawneh, the Secretary General of Beakanyang, welcome the initiative. He said that farming is the only practical solution to address the current world food crises. He commended the youths for choosing farming and maize as their first choice. He noted that maize can be harvested during a short period of time to satisfy one's need. "Many young people preferred travelling to Europe but you people decided to go back to the land, I think you really deserve commendation," he said.

Mr. Jawneh reaffirmed his organisation's commitment in complementing government efforts in the agriculture sector.

For the Farm Manager, Kawunding Danjo, fertilizer is their main constraint as their farmland is infertile thus the need for fertilizer to support the growth of the crops.

He appealed for support from government and the private sector in this regard. Meanwhile, those who may wish to support these youths can contact 00220 9868886 or 9957703.