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Agric. minister hands over new rice variety to farmers at Sapu

May 8, 2020, 12:10 PM | Article By: Ousman Jallow

Agriculture minister, Amie Fabureh has handed over a new rice variety seedlings to farmers in the central river region south farming community of Sapu.

The new seedlings are adaptable to climate change and are expected to enable farmers to harvest good and quality rice in the area.                            

Minister Fabureh highlighted the importance of the new rice seedlings to the farmers, saying it is a good and quality and is adaptable to climate change in The Gambia. “The government is working hard to improve rice cultivation throughout the country by bringing new varieties of seed and farming input to farmers,” she said.                      

Project director, Lamin Fatajo also highlighted the importance of the new rice seed project to support farmers. He said the project will go a long way in increasing rice cultivation in the country.                           

Lamin Trawally, Regional Agricultural director of CRR south said rice is one of the most consumed food in The Gambia and therefore, there’s need to improve its cultivation in the country by providing new seeds to growers.                     

Mama Fatty and Abdul Latif Fandeh who spoke on behalf of the rice growers said the distribution of the new seed variety was timely. They promised to make the best use of seed to enable other parts of the country to get it.

Deputy permanent secretary at the ministry of agriculture, Musa Huma and director general of agriculture, Saikou E Sanyang called on farmers to help in ensuring that the entire country benefits from the project.