Mar 12, 2015, 2:21 PM
In response to government’s call for support at all level to tackle the food crisis in the country, the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, GCCI, has announced plans to join the government in its crusade to tackle the food crisis.
The chamber announced at a press conference yesterday that its forthcoming annual awards night and gala dinner will be purely dedicated to raising funds to address the plight of farmers and stand with them in solidarity during this period.
Though a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture did not give a figure for the number of people needing food aid in the country, reliable official sources said a total of one million, thirty-five thousand people (out of the 1.7 million population) are in need.
“We as a business community deem it necessary to participate in this process of helping farmers and also contribute to efforts by government; as a result, part of theproceeds for this year’s event will be dedicated to the farmers,” Almamy Fanding Taal, Chief Executive Officer of the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told journalists at the press conference.
To be held under the theme: “Standing by Gambian Farmers”, the annual business dinner, which attracts members of the business community, also provides them the avenue to interact, and draw public attention to the role of the private sector, while highlighting innovativeness and the spirit of entrepreneurship.
“This year, we want to hold the event as an act of solidarity with Gambian farmers,” he said, adding that everyone is aware of the difficulties and challenges that the farming community is facing, and the many efforts being made by the government to tackle the situation.
that this year’s event is slated for 1st June 2012 at the Coco Ocean Resort and
“The GCCI is currently working on plans to engage its members to help communities that are in difficulties in various ways so that before the rainy season and the next harvest, we will do whatever we can to help our farmers,” he added.
He noted that the dinner is to recognize the efforts of the business community, as well as rewarding excellence, adding that this year’s Business Award will be special because farmers’ plight is at the center.
their commitment in building a cohesive society,
Sarata Conateh, manager of Business Development and Research at GCCI said the chamber is proud to complement the government’s efforts, especially with the food crisis, noting that the significance of farmers towards the development of the country cannot be overemphasized.
Beatrice A Prom, manager of Corporate Services at GCCI is of the view that this was a good time for other members to join in this important crusade, to help farmers and achieve the goal of the new initiative.