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Bumper Harvest Expected in URR

Aug 22, 2008, 8:13 AM | Article By: By Nfamra Jawneh

The Governor of Upper River Region (URR) Alhagie Omar Abu Khan told The Point yesterday that if the rainfall pattern continued, his region would register a bumper harvest this year.

According to the URR Governor, the regular falling of rains and the massive response of farmers in the region to President Jammeh's call for people to go back to the land are the motivating factors.

These factors, he added, have encouraged the farmers to grow more crops especially rice, coose and groundnut. "So far so good, the crops are doing well and are beautiful," he said.

Governor Khan stated that farmers in the region are being inspired by President Jammeh who despite being President of the Republic still has time to work on his farm. " I am not afraid of any other region this year," Governor Khan stated.

He added that in all the districts in the region the crops are doing well as farmers took full advantage of the constant rainfall pattern.

The URR Governor also dismissed media reports that farmers in his region are crying for fertilisers, noting that they had been receiving fertilisers since March this year.

Governor Khan also told The Point that as of now there was no report of insect destruction or invasion in the region.

He further revealed that there is a farm for President Jammeh in each of the eight districts in the region.

These farms, he added, are all doing well.

He commended the people of the region for positively responding to President Jammeh's clarion call for people to till the soil.

The URR Governor is of the firm conviction that by going back to the land, as people in URR are doing, the country can attain food self-sufficiency.