Jan 30, 2012, 1:53 PM
He said the development of the country for food self-sufficiency depends on the hard work, commitment and love for the country.
Hon. Kolley was speaking in an interview with this reporter shortly after the launching of the Hatchery Farm in Farato on Tuesday as part of the on-going July 22nd Revolution 20th anniversary celebration.
He said the multi-million dalasi poultry project that Edrissa Mass Jobe set up within the community of Farato and its catchment area in Kombo South would, no doubt, help thousands of Gambians to improve their livelihood and provide jobs.
H said the valued of this project to the entire country as poultry production was key and, therefore, the people of Kombo South should take advantage of this project.
Setting up this project is a clear indication of the love that Mr Jobe has for the Gambian people, as the project is geared toward responding to the President’s call to embrace agriculture and to “grow what you eat, eat what you grow.”
Gambia needs more of Mr Jobe to ensure the country improves food security through local production, Hon. Kolley said.
He also commented on the importance of the project, which he said fits very well in the context of the Vision 2020 blueprint and Vision 2016,if The Gambia is to achievefood self-sufficiency, as well as create both income and employment opportunities.
The project would provide the opportunity for farmers not only to partake in poultry production, but also corn production, so it is a big opportunity for the Gambian people and they should take ownership of this project, Hon Kolley further stated.
Hon. Kolley urged the private sector to come to the aid of the current government, which has provided every opportunity and the atmosphere for the private sector to invest in The Gambia.
The President said the private sector should take the lead when it comes to development and, therefore, the private sector should respond to the call of the President, since the government has provided the necessary conducive environment and the legal framework, he said.
“I must commend the proprietor of his hatchery farm, Mr Jobe, for taking the bold initiative to answer to the President’s clarion call,” he said.
The project would go a long way in helping The Gambia, especially the much-needed foreign exchange, he said.
He also encouraged the youths to partake, because they have already been told that they would be able to supply day old chicks to people who are interested in the business.