Jun 13, 2011, 1:10 PM
Concern Universal regional business facilitator for North Bank Region has underscored the importance of building and strengthening the capacity of farmers to have access to micro-credit to enhance production and productivity.
Samuel Demba was speaking in Kerewan recently at the end of a farmer exchange site visit to vegetable gardens in Kerewan, Jamagen and Daru Fodayba by farmers from Toubakolong, Nuimi Lamin and Mbuguma in North Bank Region (NBR).
He said the visit aimed at empowering farmers to learn and share experience on the concept of promoting Farming for Business and best agricultural practices.
“Farming for Business is a joint partnership project between Concern Universal and Reliance Financial Services being implemented in the NBR,” he said.
He disclosed that over D10 million had been disbursed to vegetable growers and agro-business operators to increase production and enhance income generation.
The NBR business development facilitator lauded the efforts of farmers for providing support to the project.
Martin Mendy, business development supervisor, noted that the provision of micro-credit to farmers would enable them to increase production and make farming a business entity.
He reminded farmers to keep proper record of all financial transactions and ensure timely payment of loans.
The joint project would enhance farmers’ capacity in understanding of business, business planning, marketing techniques, financial management, business record keeping and savings mobilization, he said.