The National Beekeepers Association of The Gambia (NBAG) and the
Professional Beekeepers Association (PBA) recently held their annual general
meeting at the Jenoi Farmer Rural Training Centre.
The AGM brought together participants to review and adopt an amendment
to the constitution, and hear the presentation of a two- year strategic work
plan and budget.
The meeting was also to get feedback on the matching grants funding
situation, election of the board members and executive of the organization, a
meeting of the new board, as well as other business of the association.
Speaking at the meeting, the
chairman board of directors NBAG, Lamin Bojang, said the NBAG has come a long
way, from 1996 to date.
During these 18 years, they have been confronted with challenges of
different kinds, some of which they had overcome.
He commended all those who made it
possible to keep the association alive, explaining that the reason for forming
the NBAG was to bring together beekeepers from all over the country under one
umbrella, to maximise the great potentials of the beekeeping industry.
“The beekeeping industry is unique, in the sense that it is a local
industry with great potentials to raise rural incomes and reduce rural-urban
migration,” said Mr Bojang.
He noted that the NBAG would continue to enhance the capacity of
members, and network with other partners with regards to beekeeping activities
According to Mr Bojang, the association’s objectives are in line with
the MDGs, Vision 2020 and other national development agendas of the country.
The AGM provided an opportunity for the members to share their views and
concerns and discuss issues regarding the association, and carve the way
forward in the best interest of the association.
He thanked the Gambia Competiveness Project for funding the AGM.