Towards achieving Vision 2016

The Gambia is on course to achieving the Vision 2016 food self-sufficiency initiative thanks to the leadership of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh Babili Mansa.

The number of Vision 2016 rice fields across the various regions in the country is enough to feed the less than 2 million population of The Gambia and reserve even more for exportation, thus adding to agriculture’s contribution to the Gross Domestic Produce of the country, which already stands at a little over 29%.

Thanks to the advice of the President, in his initial call to diversify crop production, Gambians have clearly demonstrated that in their various Vision 2016 farms which has showcased the production of different types of crops which is consumable by the Gambian people.

The commitment of Gambians to achieving the Vision should be commended especially the women folk who continue to throng the various farms across the country, from the President’s farms in Kanilai to the cabinet maize plantation in Jalambang. This past weekend as well, more volunteers from the West Coast Region weed the Office of the President’s farm in Banjulinding.

As stated by Manlafi Jarju the farm manager, the main purpose for the President’s Office to cultivate this farm in this West Coast Region settlement is to support Professor Jammeh in his drive to make The Gambia a country free from importing rice by next year and thus, the produce from these farms will come back to us.

The President has recently received several prestigious international awards in connection to agriculture thanks to his steadfastness in his visions and programmes throughout the Second Republic. Therefore, with the political will and support coupled with the commitment of every Gambian in keeping hunger at bay, the importation of this staple food will be a thing of the past in about twelve months.