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FAO boosts Gambia’s food security efforts

Aug 8, 2016, 10:27 AM

The Gambia government and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on 2 August 2016 restated their resolve to working together to address the menace of whitefly in the country.

The pledge was made at the signing ceremony of a project of twenty million four hundred thousand dalasis (equivalent to US$459,000) designed to effectively control the devastation of fruit trees, vegetables and ornamental plants by the whitefly in The Gambia.

Hon. Sherriffo Bojang, deputy Minister of Agriculture and Dr Perpetua Katepa-Kalala, FAO Representative in The Gambia signed on behalf of the government and FAO respectively, at a brief ceremony held at the conference room of the Ministry of Agriculture in Banjul.

Falalo Touray, Director General at the Department of Agriculture, who chaired the ceremony, and Landing Sonko, Deputy Director, Plant Protection Services, both welcomed and applauded the FAO intervention.

They highlighted the devastating impact of the whitefly on The Gambia`s food security and poverty reduction efforts.