Jul 3, 2020, 11:01 AM
The second SN Brussels flight is expected today with 65 Gambians; most of whom were stranded in Europe because of the covid-19, official sources said.
The Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of The Gambia welcomes the initiative. The meeting, chaired by Minister Thoko Didiza of South Africa took place with the support of the African Union Commission (AUC)’s Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
It was attended by 40 ministers for Agriculture of the African Union Member States and development partners such as the European Union, the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), the World Bank, African Development Bank (ADB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
The Gambia’s Agriculture Minister, Amie Fabureh said the joint statement was intended to inform Gambian citizens about the current situation as well as relay the commitments the ministers agreed upon especially in relation to food and nutrition security in the context of the covid-19 pandemic.
“It is the wish of Agriculture Ministers with the support of the AU, FAO and development partners that actions and commitments outlined will save many lives, in a context where many of the measures put in place ways to slow down the transmission of the disease,” she explained.
The agriculture minister added that the health crisis that is affecting countries all around the world has from the beginning been viewed through a public health lens for obvious reasons. “Currently, this attention is also spreading to the economic, and food and nutrition security impacts generated by the global recession the pandemic is causing.”
According to her, there is a real concern that these impacts will further exacerbate the rates of hunger, malnutrition and poverty, especially in the rural areas. In this regard, the commitments by Ministers of Agriculture are designed to minimise disruptions to the food and agriculture systems by advocating for so many measures to be put in place.
She noted that there are measures to support the food and nutrition security for all and especially for the most vulnerable segment of our populations, with measures to contain the spread of the covid-19 pandemic while minimising food system disruptions, simultaneously.
Minister Fabureh highlighted the need for adequate safety nets, including cash, food, and other relevant social protection measures to support all vulnerable population groups. That agricultural actors and activities at all levels particularly planting and harvests, are not severely affected by the unintended consequences of the containment measures and restrictions on movement, while keeping safe the work environment of producers, traders and workers.
“As the outbreak unfolds, food and agriculture system activities are carefully monitored and assessed, and all actors are engaged and advised timely and transparently to pursue their operations,” she noted.
According to her, farmers have timely access to quality equipment and crop inputs, including seeds and planting material as well as corresponding inputs such as animal feeds and pastures by livestock farmers, including pastoralists. “Fish farmers should be supported to receive quality fish inputs to support the aquaculture industry.”
She said measures put in place will reduce food post-harvest losses and thus have more food available in the markets, citing that they are working with local leaders to ensure that downstream and upstream food and agriculture markets and the informal food sector, remain open and operate properly, while complying with health and safety guidelines.
She said addressing simultaneously, “as governments with our partners, the double burden of covid-19 and other pests such as fall army worm, desert locusts, which, together, are challenges of grave magnitude that must be kept at the heart of the urgent work programme in Africa.
She, however, guaranteed the role of national leadership in advancing the food and nutrition security agenda to achieve concrete results, through putting in place pragmatic policies and strategies.
Minister Fabureh urged people to redouble efforts to ensure food and nutrition security for all citizens during and after the covid-19 pandemic and to enable meeting Africa’s commitment to ending hunger by 2025.
As security intensifies surveillance against any suspected smuggling across the borders of The Gambia amid Covid-19 lockdown, officers of The Gambia Immigration Department (GID) in Farafenni have impounded over 20 motorcycles suspected of smuggling people despite the closure of the border, The Point has been reliably informed.
Principal Magistrate Isatou Janneh-Njie, the newly-appointed coroner, presided over the inquest into the death of Januaro Wande Beducande Findon, a Guinea Bissau national.
Gunjur Ward councilor, Momodou Charreh Jibba has written to the Inspector General of Police challenging him to address the mobility constraint that is currently slowing the effective execution of the work of the police at the Gunjur Police Station.
After the confirmation of five new cases of coronavirus (covid-19) in The Gambia, Health Ministry is urging the general public not to be complacent with the issue of covid-19.
Lamin Jah alias West, a native of Serrekunda who had been convicted on four counts and sentenced to life imprisonment, yesterday told the TRRC about difficulties and deaths that occurred at Mile 2 (the state central prison).
Junkung Jobarteh, executive secretary for Media Council of The Gambia (MCG), has said that Gambian journalists have the responsibility to adhere to the lawful dictates of the council and panel in order to avoid journalists and media houses facing civil and criminal cases in courts.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has predicted that the expected above normal rainfall this season may lead to flooding, particularly over the NBR, URR, WR regions and Greater Banjul Area (GBA).