Minister Sonko pledges to support, protect livestock

By: Ramatulie Sanyang

Hon. Ousman Sonko, the minister of Interior has pledged to support and protect farming and animal rearing in the Gambia.

He made this pledge while speaking on Sunday at the livestock show in Kanilai, Foni Kansala, West Coast Region.

At the show, different breeds of small ruminants among other livestock were displayed as part of activities marking the celebration of the FAO MDG1c award on the good monitoring and recognition by FAO on the efforts in promoting food security drive in the country.

Minister Sonko described the gathering as crucial, for the fact that it brought owners of livestock, cattle and small ruminants together from all regions across the country to showcase their efforts, discuss and share experience on issues affecting livestock husbandry.

He applauded the Ministry of Agriculture under the leadership of President Jammeh for their efforts of not only promoting of crop production but also providing essential input to promote the rearing of animals geared towards food self-sufficiency.

He stressed the need to change attitude of lodging and hiding thiefs in homes, which he said is not a good sign of maintaining peace in our communities.

The Interior minister took the opportunity to address district and village heads on the matter of settling disputes and issuing licence to people claiming to be owners of animals or any property. He thus emphasised that the government has taken steps to protect farming and animal rearing.

Sonko thanked FAO Livestock Horticultural Development Project for the recognition and the support and to all those who turned up from all regions to display their livestock and small ruminants.

In conclusion, the minister called on Gambians to involve in rearing of animals, which he said, is also part of farming.