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Gambia: Remodeling the Gambia’s Agriculture – From Subsistence to Market-Oriented Farming

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Gambia’s agriculture sector is present process an bold modernization.
  • A World Financial institution mission is supporting 19 small and medium-sized enterprises to develop their operations.
  • The nation’s agriculture sector is already seeing ends in the form of contemporary infrastructure, improved companies, and extra jobs.

Jongfolo Korta appears to be like at her rice discipline with satisfaction. She is among the many many small farmers within the Japanese area of Jahally, within the Gambia, the place agriculture is flourishing.

“I’ve utilized fertilizer to the rice discipline, and now I’ve ploughing companies utilizing tractors which are accessible on the proper time. So, I am optimistic that this 12 months my harvest will enhance,” she stated.

Like many others within the Gambia, Jongfolo has relied on rice manufacturing for over 5 a long time. She and lots of others are experiencing some great benefits of the nation’s transition from subsistence farming to a extra productive and aggressive agriculture sector with elevated surplus to promote making it extra market-oriented. This drive has been supported by the World Financial institution’s Gambia Inclusive and Resilient Agricultural Worth Chain Growth Venture (GIRAV).

A element of the mission competitively chosen 19 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) out of 127 candidates and supplied them with further financing. In whole, the mission supplied $3.9 million, whereas the SMEs themselves contributed a complete of $2.6 million from privately mobilized capital and their very own funding. The general funding was utilized by the SMEs to finance infrastructure and gear in order that they’ll modernize and develop agribusiness operations.

If the issue of agriculture is solved, meals safety might be assured. Kemo Cham, CEO and founding father of Sabiji Farm

Modernizing agriculture infrastructure and irrigation Modernization within the Gambia’s agriculture sector is obvious by the event of recent infrastructure, for instance, improved irrigation methods, agro-processing platforms, and agro-logistic facilities to function advertising infrastructure. These progressions are used on farms throughout the nation to reinforce higher irrigations methods and equipment.

Bakaf Farm, situated at Bantajang village in Foni, Bondali District, stands as a testomony. This small enterprise which produces onions has used the funding to improve its irrigation and gear.

Bakaf Farm’s managing director, Sulayman Cessay, exemplifies a spirit of entrepreneurship and dedication to agribusiness. Because of the GIRAV mission, Cessay determined to spend money on ramping up his onion manufacturing.

“We have obtained new machines from this grant. With it, we have been in a position to develop our manufacturing by a further 16 hectares. We are actually anticipating a further 448 tons of onions from this 12 months’s harvest,” stated M. Sulayman Cessay proudly.

Not solely has the brand new funding boosted the farm’s annual manufacturing, it has additionally created work for greater than 100 native girls.

In the same vein, Sabiji Poultry Farm in Sukuta has made vital investments to modernize and develop its infrastructure. With assist from the mission, Kemo Cham, CEO and founding father of the farm, constructed three trendy poultry battery items to deal with extra egg-laying chickens and a feeding mill.

“I noticed the commercial from the Ministry of Agriculture a few grant to be awarded to younger Gambians for agriculture tasks. Because of the matching grant from GIRAV, we’ve expanded from having 7,000 chickens to now 60,000,” stated Kemo Cham.

Bettering entry to inputs and companies Nestled within the coronary heart of Central River Area, Maruo Farms has its roots intertwined with the native rice farmers’ fortunes. With assist from the World Financial institution mission, the farm acquired a fleet of contemporary ploughing and milling machines that they use to supply companies for different farms.

Kalipha Jammeh, CEO and founding father of Burong Wolal Ltd., a non-public youth owned rice manufacturing and processing enterprise, is proud of the companies he’s getting from Maruo Farm. To assist lighten their monetary load, farmers pays Maruo Farm with rice after they’ve harvested their paddy discipline.

“Earlier than, resulting from lack of machines, we spent two months managing six hectares of rice manufacturing. Now, with machines and tractors from Maruo Farms, our manufacturing is way quicker,” stated Kalipha Jammeh. “And it is good to have somebody present these companies as a result of we do not have to fret about upkeep and different prices.”

To assist measure outcomes, the mission has geared up extension staff with tablets and coaching to report knowledge by particular functions. GIRAV can also be leveraging digital instruments to attach farmers with all the companies and different establishments concerned within the distribution of seeds and fertilizer.

To additional improve the Gambia’s agribusiness sector, this system is constructing two logistics amenities in Wassu, in Sami District, and Macca Farafenni, in Higher Baddibou District. These facilities will supply essential companies for farmers and entrepreneurs akin to sorting and packing produce, dry and chilly storage, and transport.