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GEAPP trains NGO extension workers on data collection, others

Oct 27, 2011, 12:59 PM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

The Gambia Emergency Agricultural Production Project (GEAPP) recently held a capacity building training for NGO Agricultural extension workers at Wellingara Horticultural Garden Centre.

The five-day intensive training was attended by over seventy participants from the NGOs dealing with agriculture and trained on data collection sampling, pest protection of agronomy and other related issues to crop protection.

Speaking on the occasion, Nuha Kujabi of the Central Project Coordinating Unit under the Ministry of Agriculture, said that building capacities of extension workers in data collection and proper management of crops could boost crop production.

He asserted that data collection has been a longtime issue not only in the agricultural sector but across all the sectors.

“Therefore coming up with such training, the management of GEAPP deserve scommendation for their foresight in the implementation of this GEAPP project,” he said.

Mr Kujabi further stated that GEAPP has been recognised as one of the best performing projects in boosting the agricultural sector in the country.

The training was organised by the management of the GEAPP and funded by the European Union through the World Bank.

Mr Kujabi further challenged the participants to utilise the knowledge gained from the forum. He said that data collection is a very important tool in any work.

He also asserted that The Gambia is gearing up to get a second phase of the GEAPP project, which is now a household name in the country.

For her part, the deputy project coordinator, who doubles as the monitoring and evaluation officer for the GEAPP, Madam Yassin Khan Jallow, thanked the participants for their participation and interaction during the five-day training.

She asserted that one of the aims of the GEAPP is to enhance the capacity of agricultural workers and boost agricultural production in the country.

She also stated that the GEAPP is working in close collaboration with NGOs and are committed to building the capacity of farmers.

Madam Khan also thanked the World Bank, the EU and the Gambia government for their support and assured them that “the GEAPP will live up to expectations”.

Also speaking on behalf of the facilitators, Kebba Sarr from the plant protection service commended the participants for their high sense of commitment and cooperation.