Aug 26, 2009, 6:45 AM
The Management of the Livestock and Horticulture Development Project (LHDP), under the Ministry of Agriculture recently launched a 14-million US Dollar project for farmers.
The ceremony, which drew stakeholders from the Western Region and Kanifing Municipal Council, was held at the Regional Education Centre in Brikama.
Delivering the opening statement, the Governor of Western Region Mr. Lamin Sanneh described the project as timely and worthwhile, noting that it's geared towards improving the livelihood of farmers. He noted that agriculture has been and will continue to be a priority of the government so as to ensure food security and reduction of poverty.
Alhagie Mbye Jabang, the Coordinator of the Central Project Coordinating Units (CPCU) said that the project, which is a five-year and country-wide project, will work through regional agricultural director and sister projects under the umbrella of the CPCU, to maintain synergy and complementarity. He noted that there should be more efforts on the part of all stakeholders to face the task with much resolve to ensure that more assistance is forthcoming from both IFAD and ADB in the future.
Mr. Jabang urged all stakeholders to put all hands on deck to ensure that maximum success is realised in meeting the project targets as expected.
In his project review, the Director of Livestock, Mr. Lamin A.D Sanyang urged all stakeholders, especially women and youths to embrace the grants from the two important donors: IFAD and ADB. He called for more resolve and dedication to ensure the success of the project and to see to it that Gambians are empowered to the maximum.
Sub-component heads, namely Ousman Jarjue, did other presentations for the Horticulture and Alhagie Alieu Joof of the Livestock sub-component. The programme ended with a question and answer session from stakeholders to clarify issues of concern.