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IGARD equips agricultural field officers

May 7, 2010, 11:38 AM | Article By: Malamin Conteh

The Ministry of Agriculture, in partnership with the Iran office in The Gambia for Agriculture and Rural Development, (IGARD) on Tuesday 4th May 2010, held a three-day training programme on basic livestock production for agricultural field agents with crop background at the Jenoi Agricultural Training Centre in Lower River Region.

The training, which targeted agricultural field agents, was geared towards updating participants on latest knowledge about common diseases and disease control mechanisms, as agriculture is the backbone of the Gambian economy.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Iranian Ambassador to The Gambia, Mr. Zaeid Zare said that food production in agriculture is important for both Iran and The Gambia, adding that President Jammeh's clarion call for the back-to-the-land, is pertinent in ensuring the attainment of food self-sufficiency.

The Ambassador stated that both countries do exchange in the areas of fisheries and agriculture, noting that the political relationship that exists between the Islamic Republic of Iran and The Gambia is growing from strength to strength. He buttressed that The Gambia’s good investment capacity has motivated some Iranian businessmen to invest in the country.

The Deputy Governor of CRR, Mr. Wally Sanneh, stated that the training would foster the decentralisation process, noting that the most important thing in the training is the knowledge gained from it. He urged them to take the training seriously.

Mr. Ali Asghar Kalbasi Esfahani, the Managing Director of (IGARD) also spoke at the training.