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EMPRETEC BDS Advisor visits sister partners

Feb 23, 2015, 10:25 AM | Article By: Abdou Rahman Sallah

The Business Development Service (BDS) Advisor in Kerewan North Bank Region recently organized an exchange visit to Momodou Loum Peace Corps Master Farmer vegetable garden in Toroba North Bank Region.

According to officials, the visit aimed to foster networking and information-sharing on best agricultural practices; to enhance production and productivity; to bring about sustainable livelihood and create employment opportunities.

Speaking on the occasion, Haruna Kuyateh, EMPRETEC Business Development Advisor, said the exchange visit enabled the young entrepreneur, Lamin Conteh of Jokadou Darsilami, to learn new skills and knowledge on horticultural production and how to meet market demand.

Kuyateh thanked the master farmer and Njawara Agricultural Training Centre for the technical advice provided to the farmer.

The advisor applauded EMPRETEC Gambia office at Gambia Investment Export Promotion Agency GIEPA, the government and UNDP for implementing such an invaluable BDS advisor to entrepreneurs, to enhance incomes and boost small medium enterprise (SMEs) and medium small micro enterprise to boost incomes and profitability.

Momodou Loum, a Master Farmer and farm manager of LOUM Garden, praised the BDS advisor for the foresight and commitment in promoting entrepreneurship among the youthful population, to accelerate economic development and self-reliance.

He noted that learning and sharing on best practices would increase vegetable production and incomes, and by extension promote diversification in agriculture.

He challenged the young horticulturist to be proactive in the transfer of skill, so as to increase production and productivity.

Lamin Conteh hailed the BDS advisor for building his capacity on vegetable production, noting that the visit enabled him to learn new skills and knowledge.

The young entrepreneur commended the master farmer for the giant strides in promoting all-inclusive agriculture, citing cattle rearing, small ruminant production, poultry keeping and vegetable production.

He asserted that the visit was educative and informative, noting that he forged networking with the master farmer in sharing regular information on best production practices, so as to attain food security and create employment opportunities.

The farmer thanked the staff of Njawara Agricultural Training Centre and volunteers for their invaluable technical advice.