He said The Gambia has all the potential to be self-sufficient in food especially rice. He called on the people to plant trees that bear fruits as that would help them be economically independent as well live healthy lives. He commended the women for taking the lead in horticultural activities.
The minister for Basic and Secondary Education, Fatou Lamin Faye, spoke of the development in the education sector since 1994. She said the government has made education free in lower basic schools and promised that upper basic schools would enjoy the same opportunity next academic year.
The minister of Lands and Regional Government, Momodou Colley, called on people to address land dispute to relevant authorities. The minister of Agriculture Solomon Owens called on people to embrace the vision of food security. He reiterated government’s resolve to revitalise cooperatives to boost production in agriculture. The APRC national mobiliser, Yankuba Colley, spoke about developments in the country for the past 20 years. He therefore called on all Gambians to contribute at least D20 towards the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the July 22nd revolution.
Governor Ganyie Touray and the National Assembly Member for Lower Saloum, Pa Malick Ceesay, both commended President Jammeh for the unprecedented developments in Central River Region. The chiefs of lower and upper Saloum Ali Gaye Touray and Alhaji Malick Mbye both said president Jammeh’s vision for food security will make the country economically independent. The regional wommen’s mobiliser, Aji Yadeh Faye, assured President Jammeh of the women’s support to the initiative. Earlier the Gambian leader visited his 8-hectare farm in Ballanghar.