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Published On: Wed, Jan 31st, 2024

China-Gambia Agriculture project conducts its annual demonstration of fully mechanized rice production

The China-Gambia Agriculture Technology Cooperation Project team on Sunday held its annual demonstration activities of a fully mechanized rice production at its main rice field in Sapu, in the Central River Region.

The Sapu rice field is covered with 5 hectare of land secured for rice production. The possible harvest period of the rice from Sunday’s demonstration of the mechanized rice production is expected to be about 120 days which is expected to fall around the month of May, this year.

The demonstration was held at the Sapu rice field in the Central River Region which was geared toward the promotion of high-yield cultivation technology of hybrid rice variety, (GMB LS2021.)

The demonstration was spearheaded by the Yuan Longping High-Tech Agriculture Co., LTD, (L.P.H.T) which serves and plays a pivotal role between the Ministry of Agriculture of the Gambia and the Ministry of Commerce of China.

The event held at the Sapu Core Demonstration Area, was part of the annual demonstration area which should be noless than 3 hectares in the dry season and not less than 1.5 hectares in the rainy season, which with an average demonstration yield of not less than 7 tons per hectare.

Speaking at the occasion, Jacky Huang, Country Managing Director of Yuan Longping High-Tech Agriculture Co., LTD, (L.P.H.T) he said that the China-Gambia agriculture project is three-years project, that they started the first phase of the project since 2019, he said that they currently implementing the second phase of the project which is been implemented by L.P.H.T.

He revealed that he and his colleagues have stayed in the Gambia for over 5 years, saying that the main work of the project is to try to find the solutions to boost the production of rice to achieve the purpose of zero hunger in the Gambia. He noted that the project is working on three areas which include the production of rice, vegetable and maize.

He revealed that they are also doing a similar demonstration in Kerewan Community in maize and millet production during the rainy season. He added that also the project is building a training center in the West Coast Region (Jambanjelly mix farm) with 6000 square meters green house and the training center can train 80 personnel at once.

Speaking on behalf of the Gambia Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Demba Jallow, the director of National Agriculture Research Institution applauded the China-Aid team in the Gambia, saying that they are doing the right thing, which he said is in line with the country’s development objectives.

“It is in line with the government blueprint the great recovery focused 2023-2027 and in line with the ministry of agriculture’s strategy of improving agriculture to increase productivity,” he lamented. He said that the project is a clear demonstration their effective commitment towards food self-sufficiency, saying that the China-aid project team has being exposing them into the 5 revolutionaries into the

agriculture which includes the green revolution, white revolution, quality revolution, knowledge revolution and the value addition revolution. “This is what we need as a country,” he said.

John Mendy, the regional director for Central River Region-South he said that agriculture cannot go without mechanization. “Now we live in a digital and mechanize world,” he said, adding that to attain a food security, mechanization needs to be implemented, which he said starts from land development to post-harvest periods.

He commended the China Aid project for helping in that direction of ensuring to attain enough rice production in the country.

He stated that it is government priority to ensure that by 2030, the nation does not import rice from any country, saying that “because we have the fresh water, the human resources and the land. So I see no reason to import rice if we have the right strategies in place.” He advanced to say that they have the Chinese counterparts to help.

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