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CEES Visits Nema’s Major Intervention Sites in the Country

The Communication, Extension, and Education Services Unit (CEES) of the Department of Agriculture on Friday 13 February 2015 visited the major intervention sites of the National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development Project (Nema) in the country.

According to Mrs. Fatou Darboe head of the Jurunku Farmer Field School in the Niumi District the school was established by Nema in 2014 to train them on vegetable production.

She added that since the inception the school, they have gained more knowledge and experience on the production of vegetables thus enabling them to improving their yields.

She also noted that they cultivate cabbage, bitter tomatoes, onions, tomatoes, and pepper for consumption.

 He however said their main constraints are inadequate water supply and stray animals that destroy their crops.

She concluded by expressing delight for the assistance rendered by Nema but also asks them to fence the garden for them to prevent crop destruction.

Mrs. Haddy Sillah head of the Farmer Field School at Chillah in Niumi said the started work in January 2015, and they provided with all the inputs that are required for horticultural activities, adding since they started the training with Nema, they have improved on their knowledge of production, as they apply the skills to their individual gardens and this has really been beneficial because they gain more yields

She also said prior to the establishment of the Farmer Field School, they were cultivating manually but of late they cultivate mechanically as a result they have more production.

She further pointed out that they have also learnt fertilizer application and the measurements of each bed and even the spacing. She concluded by expressing delight to Nema and DOA.

Mr. Yerro Manjang a member of the rice growers committee at BarraJally Suba in the Central River Region (CRR) said the elders of the community sought help from Nema to construct canals for them to cultivate a 40 hectare rice field. He also said work began a fortnight ago as the plot is being ploughed and leveled for cultivation.

Binta Saidy one of the members also expressed similar sentiments but highlighted the major challenge that is the frequent destruction of crops by the hippos and kindly urges them to intervene and help them to control the problem.    

Mr. Kebba Fanta Komma of Manna former Chief of Sami District in CRR/North for his part said Nema is helping them to cultivate a 40 hectare rice field with tidal irrigation; this he said would enable them to produce rice twice in each year.

He also noted that initially the worked manually, as of now they would be working mechanically because Nema is providing them tidal irrigation.

 He also stated that work has just begun and then the field is currently being ploughed and leveled for cultivation to begin in earnest. He concluded by expressing gratitude to Nema for the time intervention. Mrs. Aja Sarjo Camara also expressed similar sentiments, adding that both men and women work on the farm. She however lamented the insufficiency of equipment and the problem of wild animals that destroy the farms.

Mr. Babucarr Bouy a member of the rice farming community at Boiram in CRR/South for his part said they used to have a bumper harvest but due to the improper management of the water supply, their yields have decreased. He also added that they used to work manually but this year they would be working mechanically as Nema has provided them with the necessary equipment and most importantly they are constructing a dike that would help to manage the water supply from the rain.

Mrs. Fanta Sallah also expressed similar sentiments and expressed optimism that vision 2016 is achievable because with the help of Nema and the Government they would be able to produce enough for both domestic use and for commercial activities. She concluded by expressing delight to Nema and the Government.

Mr. Jalamang Makalo of Wellingara in Fulladu West District CRR/North for his part said they prepare the nurseries and then supply the seedlings to almost all the major rice producing areas in the country. He further stated that they do contribute individually to enable them to purchase the required equipment for the cultivation of rice and the preparation of their nurseries. He also posited that they were trained on how to raise nurseries for rice production, thus leading to their production of seedlings to supply farmers with seedlings.

 He concluded by expressing delight to Nema for the training.

   

 

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