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20 entrepreneurs trained on forest management

Aug 20, 2015, 10:06 AM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

All Gambia Forestry Platform, in collaboration with NACOFAG with funding from the Forest and Farm Facility under the FAO, last Monday started a three-day training for 20 young entrepreneurs on enterprise skill development and forest management.

Organised by the All Gambia Forestry Platform, the training was held at the AFET office in Brikama.

In his remarks on the occasion, Mr Alieu Sowe, national coordinator of NACOFAG who doubles as the secretary to the Agriculture and Natural Resource Platform, said the training was geared towards building the capacity of 20 entrepreneurs on the ethics of enterprise skill development in relation to forest resource.

He recalled that sometime in June 2015 a team was trained from the forestry platform in Zambia on enterprise skill development and forest resource management.

According to Sowe, the training looked at issues of entrepreneurship skill development, especially on how to manage the forest resource.

Strategic plans geared towards promoting issues of enterprise development will be undertaken to guide and prepare members of the All Gambia Forestry Platform on viable training of 50 communities that are part of the forest committee in The Gambia, he disclosed.

‘’We are expecting a well equipped and functioning entrepreneurs after the training,’’ he added.

He thanked the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) for their support and all those who contributed in one way or the other to making the training successful.

For his part, the president of All Gambia Forestry Platform, Abubacarr Krubally, said the training was about empowering the forest communities on market development and analysis.

He said the communities are deeply involved in forest production and some times derive a lot of products from the forest but would always sell them at “poor prices”.

The training had been organised to build the capacity of entrepreneurs on enterprise skill development and forest management, Mr Krubally said.

He thanked FAO through its FFF for supporting the training and urged other institutions to emulate FFF for their continued support to All Gambia Forest Platform.

Speakers at the training included the national facilitator of FFF, Kanimang Camara, and the regional forestry director of West Coast Region, Ousainou Cham.