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NBR leaders describe 2014 successful cropping year

Jan 22, 2015, 10:33 AM | Article By: Abdou Rahman Sallah

The Governor North Bank Region has commended the government for the numerous development projects undertaken to improve food production, and improve the livelihood of the people in the region.

Lamin Queen Jammeh was speaking in Kerewan recently, as he assessed the achievements registered in 2014.

He hailed the National Security Council for promoting peace and stability to enhance sustainable development objectives.

Governor Jammeh said the year has witnessed the launching of Gambia Agricultural Commercialization Value Chain Project, GACV, and Sustainable Land Management projects, which are CILSS-funded, all aimed at boosting agricultural production, enhance farmers’ capacity in the value chain and improve incomes and people’s livelihood.

He thanked people for responding positively to the President’s back-to-the-land call, citing an increase in farm hectares put under cultivation.

Commenting on education, he said the region has witnessed an increase in access to basic education, and all efforts are taken to enhance the attainment of quality education.

Education, according to the governor, is high on the government’s development agenda, as it would accelerate human resource development and contribute to poverty reduction.

The year has also witnessed the implementation of Community Improvement and Livelihood Project, CILIP, under which communities are implementing projects in the area of access to health facilities, water and gardens to improve livelihoods.

Alhaji Lamin Ceesay, chairman of Kerewan Area Council, said his council has forged a partnership with the CILIP project, and contracted GAMWORKS to construct a market in Barra, a second Farafenni market, and a market in Amdalie to boost trans-border trade and extension of the Fass Chaho market, at a cost of D500,000.

The regional authorities thanked the government for providing an unconditional grant for the Fass Chaho market.

Chairman Ceesay also said the council dug a borehole for Njaba Kunda health facility to improve health care service delivery.

Each year, the council provides D800, 000 to 16 councilors to enhance development works, he added.