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Another boost for Agriculture Sector

Mar 24, 2011, 12:46 PM

The recent launching of the Gambia Growth and Competitiveness Project (GGCP) and The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) by President Yahya Jammeh is indeed timely and relevant.

The two multi-million dalasi projects and the existing ones would, no doubt, boost the country’s agriculture sector.

As we always said in this and other columns, in order for the country to attain its developmental aspirations we must invest massively in reproductive sectors like agriculture.

To us, therefore, these new projects would in no small measure boost the sector.

Our farmers are always determined to grow more crops, but are usually confronted with financial problems and difficulty accessing loans, as well as machinery.

We, therefore, commend this laudable effort of the government and World Bank for coming up with the GGCP and WAAPP projects.

We urge the officials responsible for implementation to effectively implement the projects fully. in accordance with the projects’ set goals.

It is high time now for people to implement such projects well in order to achieve the desired outcomes.

We hope that GGCP would address, and contribute further to the development of agriculture, through an out-grower scheme over the next few years, which leads to the establishment of a commercial mango farming system in partnership with one or more private investors.