May 31, 2013, 1:14 PM
farmers through the use of labour-saving devices such as farm implements
enhances agric productivity and by extension will result in increased farmer
incomes and agricultural competitiveness. Farmers in many developing countries
including The Gambia are sometimes faced with numerous challenges that hinder
their agric production.
While agriculture still remains the most important sector of the Gambian economy, contributing 33% of gross domestic product, providing employment and income for 80% of the population, it also accounts for 70% of the country’s foreign exchange earnings.
Therefore, the development of the sector has a significant role to play in providing numerous opportunities including improving food security at the household levels.
It is reported in the news that President Adama Barrow recently donated farming implements to farmers in CRR south. The move was in fulfillment of his promise during his last Meet with the People’s Tour. The donation of these farm implements is not only timely but worthy, considering the importance of labour saving devices in boosting agric production.
We call on the beneficiary communities to use the farm implements for its intended purpose.
The Gambia relies heavily on imported rice from the international market and the country has all reasons to change the status quo by making best use of its arable lands.
Soaring international food prices and low national production are leading to high inflationary pressure on the domestic food market, eroding the purchasing power of urban and rural consumers.
We hope the farmers in the beneficiary communities would do justice to the farming implements by preparing early ahead of next farming season to increase their productivity.
We would also like to reiterate here that politics comes and goes. And as it is time for national development, let’s put aside our political differences and focus on our national development goals.
We must always bear in mind that Rome was not built in a day, and Rome was built by none but the Romans.
However, the development of the sector cannot be achieved without the full participation of Gambians especially rural farmers.
Yes, we all want to wear suit and tie and work in big offices in the city.
Remember that the agricultural industry also offers a diverse and interesting range of career opportunities with a vast array of quality employers.
“You do need some dispensation for local farmers, because the fast food industry will promote the unsanitary conditions of farming. With vegetables, you have to be careful where they come from; you have to know the farmers and trust them. If you buy from the farmers’ market, it’s already been investigated.”