Oct 5, 2012, 11:40 AM
NACOFAG in collaboration with the Farmers Platform of The Gambia recently concluded a two-day training session on land governance for farmer-based organization heads, held at Farafenni in the North Bank Region, and organized under the auspicious of NACOFAG.
Speaking on the occasion, Lamin Fayinkeh, president of NACOFAG, a farmer-based organization, said the land tenure system sensitization activity was aimed at protecting farms and forests to avoid conflicts on land ownership.
Mr. Fayinkeh added that land ownership and land management should include protecting farmers’ water and forest areas.
“We realized that we should sensitize the farmers on the land tenure system,” he said, adding that the project was implemented by IPAR, a regional farmer-based organization based in Dakar.
A document spelling out voluntary guidelines would be distributed to all farmer-based organizations, and the project would involve sensitization workshops, a coordination committee and research on the land tenure system in The Gambia.
The chief of Illiassa district in the North Bank Region, Ebrima T Jammeh, challenged the farmer-based organizations to be more united, and work together to achieve their goals and tackle their problems.
The best way of resolving some of their concerns is to consult on any problem about land issues with the alkalo for amicable resolution among themselves.