Aug 28, 2009, 6:26 AM
The Gambian leader, President Yahya Jammeh, has given a three months ultimatum to the Gambia Livestock Marketing Agency (GLMA) to address the issue of marketing livestock in the country by ensuring that all livestock are given an authentic certificate of origin.
President Jammeh made the remarks yesterday afternoon at State House, when he received in audience the new board of directors of the GLMA.
He noted that it is only by ensuring the traceability of livestock that the menace of cattle rustling could be addressed.
He also endorsed the use of the weighing scale to determine the price of animals which, he added, would also address the exploitation of farmers and consumers by butchers.
President Jammeh also lamented the low level of Gambian participation in the marketing of livestock in the country.
Commenting on the alarming increase in the price of sugar, President Jammeh urged the Ministry of Trade to regulate the matter or else he would intervene.
The report was monitored over GRTS last evening.