The farmers made this admission to the minister at various villages in the North Bank and Central River Regions, while on her nationwide tour of farming communities in The Gambia. In Barra where the minister started her tour, the farmers said the amount of fertilisers supplied to the farmers countrywide this year is more than enough. The farmers said the fertiliser that has been brought to the country for farmers was smuggled outside the country by people who do not have the interest of Gambian farmers at heart.
Azize Marrong of Ndofan village said there are people who always want to tarnish the name of the Ministry of Agriculture and the government. “We will not allow that to happen in this region,” Marong said.
The governor of North Bank region Lamin Saidykhan told Minister Fabureh that his region was ready to collaborate with the ministry to ensure that people do not sell the fertilisers.
The Hon. Minister told farmers that her ministry was ready and willing to uplift the lives of farmers in the country. She reminded the farmers that this year the government of The Gambia under the leadership of President Adama Barrow purchased twenty metric tons of fertilizers for the farmers.
“President Barrow would never forget you and that is the reason he subsidised the fertiliser so that you are able to buy a bag of fertiliser at seven hundred dalasis,” she told farmers.
At Kuntaur Agricultural Centre, Minister Fabureh presented 30 seeder machines and sixty-two sine hoes to farmers in Central River Region. The minister said the presentation of farming implements to the farming communities is clear manifestation of the President Barrow government love for the farmers.