By Olimatou Coker
Saama Kairo Federation, an affiliate of the ChildFund The Gambia, gave 60 small ruminants to 60 enrolled families including garden seeds to four communities within the organisation’s intervention areas.
Tijan Jarju, board chairman of the Federation, said the Federation has been supporting families through direct cash support and other means.
“We are here to witness another strategy to support farming communities who are into or has interest in animal husbandry in various community associations. I hope this would serve as both a social and economic protection for the beneficiaries as intended by the federation,” he said.
Acting manager of the Federation, Fabakary Fadera, said of the donation: “It intends to improve the productivity of vegetable growers from our enrolled families thereby increasing their income. The activity involves collaboration with the regional agricultural unit for identification of appropriate input seeds.”
According to Fadera, the activity seeks to enhance nutritional status of families especially children under 5-years of age and create an avenue for reducing dependency.
He said the four communities that will benefit from the garden seeds are Amdalaye Community, Farabanta Community, Bafuloto Community and Kassa Kunda Community Associations.
“We hope that the beneficiaries will make use of these goats and seeds and ensure that in years to come we see lasting and sustainable changes in the lives of the children that we are serving.
“I advise strongly that we take ownership of this development and ensure that the intended purpose of the programme is attained,” he said.
Lamin Kambia, a senior livestock officer of the West Coast Region, Momodou Sowe and Nyima Jawneh, were some of the speakers.