Apr 1, 2009, 5:34 AM
president of National Livestock Owners’ Association (NaLOA) Ebrima O. Jallow
has called on the new government of President Adama Barrow to establish a
Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Beekeeping.
He said this ministry would specially take care of livestock and livestock farmers.
NaLOA secretary general, Modou Sowe, said livestock issues are under the Department of Livestock Services and the Gambia Livestock Marketing Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture.
He noted that these institutions are working tirelessly in the development of farmers but mostly focuses on crop producer development.
“This has caused Gambians not to fully utilise their potentials in the production of livestock and livestock products,” he said.
“The lack of support to the livestock sector has affected every resident of The Gambia through ever increasing cost of meat and milk nationwide, and the high cost and limited supply of livestock during Tobaski.”
NaLOA West Coast Region chairperson Bakary Dembo Santang Bojang said the establishment of the proposed ministry of livestock that would promote youth and women employment, and economic independency.
NaLOA women mobiliser Aja Matty Nyangado and the fourth national vice president, Lamin Jatta, said as farmers, they voted for the development of The Gambia and that is the development of their livelihood as livestock farmers.
On behalf of the association, the duo congratulated President Adama Barrow on his victory and assured him of their support in the development of The Gambia especially the livestock sector.