President Adama Barrow encouraged members of the Smart Farmers Association to work with the Department of Agriculture to improve food security in The Gambia when the group paid him a courtesy visit.
Addressing an association delegation at the State House on Tuesday, October 12, the President commended the founder, Mr. Alpha Baldeh, for returning home to initiate modern agricultural practices that would alleviate poverty . He said the use of less labor-intensive farming methods among its members would increase productivity.
President Barrow thanked members for taking the ultimate responsibility to work towards food security. He informed them that the Department of Agriculture’s Resilience of Organizations for Transformative Smallholder Agriculture (ROOTS) project is building storage facilities in different regions, adding that it will help farmers with food preservation and marketing.
The Smart Farmers Association has over 2000 members and 70% are women. They deal with the production, processing and marketing of organic food all year round. They farm during the rainy season and garden during the dry season.
The association’s president, Alpha Baldeh, told the waiting press that the president welcomed their initiative and promised to support them. He said they shared with the president the prospects of improving production through smart technologies.
“As a smart farmer, we presented solutions to his excellence. How we can increase production to reduce import and not depend on chemical fertilizers,” he noted.
Presidential Advisor Mr. Tamsir Ann and Jokadou Councilwoman Ms. Awa Gaye accompanied the delegation to the State House.
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