Speaking Monday during visits to rice fields in the
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As part of efforts towards meeting this objective, the Gambian leader disclosed plans by his government to create a company that will be responsible for most of these fields. The government, he said, will no longer entertain the smallholder type of agriculture as part of efforts to making the nation a major exporter of rice.
"My objective is for agriculture to be all all-year-round affair. What I want is to have all-year-round rice production like I have in Kanilai. So it is going to be harvesting all year round," he assured. The government, he said, will transform vast lands that are not being utilised into productive sites for the development of the sector.
Diversification The Gambian leader also stressed the need for agricultural diversification, stressing that the country's food source must not only be centered on rice, but other varieties in order to enhance nutrition.
"Be it corn, cassava, beans and even fruit trees, I see no reason why The
The Gambian leader spoke of his government's commitment to increase budgetary allocations to agriculture once construction of certain major roads are completed.
"The constructions of major roads have almost been finished except for Laminkoto-Passimas and Basse-Vellingara. For that of Laminkoto-Passimas, we are just at the implementation stage and once all these are fixed, the bulk of the funds from the government [the budget] will be geared towards agricultural production," he disclosed.
Visit to Jarra Sutukung and Jappineh
Meanwhile, the Gambian leader earlier visited other vast lands in Jarra Sutukung and Jappineh, all in the LRR to see for himself the potentials of rice cultivation in these areas. Like in many of the other fields visited, President Jammeh assured these rural dwellers of better rice cultivation, but hastened to challenge them to make use of the vast endowed natural resources at their disposal. "This is the only way any country can stand on its own and end the decades-long dependency on foreign aid," he concluded.
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