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Green programme for agriculture on course

Aug 9, 2010, 1:11 PM | Article By: Manlafie Badjie

The Libyan Ambassador to The Gambia recently launched the Back to the Land Green Programme for Mechanical Agriculture in three more villages at Galoya village for this farming season.

Ambassador Mohammad Dukaly Al-Hissnawe, speaking at the launching, said the programme was based on Colonel Mummar Ghaddafi's programme of the Green Programme for Food Self sufficiency for Africa. "This is based on the great idea from the two great leaders for the development of Africa," he said.

Paramount Chief Demba Sanyang in a statement said under President Yahya Jammeh, the country has now realised the need to grow what we eat and eat what we plant. "What is happening today is a great manifestation of the love between the two countries of Libya and The Gambia," he said.

Khalifa Kambi, the deputy Minister of Agriculture described his visit to Galoya as special, because the occasion shows the building of a relationship between Libya and The Gambia. "You can't maintain your dignity when you are hungry. Once we are able to feed ourselves, we can maintain our dignity. I want to send a special thank you to Brother Mummar Ghaddafi for standing by our side since our revolution in 1994. We hope it will make a difference in the life of Gambians," he said.

Also at the launching, ten tractors were seen on demonstration work in the field. The Ambassador said the tractors would be maintained and operated by personnel from the Libyan Embassy, and that they are ready to go countrywide.