May 13, 2009, 7:16 AM
Taiwanese Ambassador to The Gambia Richard Shih Tuesday met with President Yahya Jammeh at State House, where he presented to the Gambian leader a pineapple fruit from the first harvest of a pilot project to grow pineapples in the country.
Ambassador Shih told waiting reporters, shortly after his audience with President Jammeh, that the project is the vision of the Gambian leader to see if pineapples could be grown in The Gambia.
Ambassador Shih expressed gratitude to NARI, Ministry of Agriculture and the Taiwanese Technical Mission team in the country for their support in the pineapple pilot project.
“We are closely partnering with other Gambian development partners to continue developing this pineapple project, and our main intention is to replicate this pineapple project in other parts of the country in the near future,” Ambassador Shih added.
According to the ROC ambassador, they conducted a sensitization campaign for the farmers in Banjulinding and the surrounding villages about the pineapple project, adding that the total growth period of pineapples is about 14 months.