The initiative is also mobilising support that could lead to the success of micro-gardens in all urban cities in The Gambia.
By Bekai Njie
Sept 29, 2016
She explained that the project has successfully introduced the concept of micro-gardens and provides training on establishing micro-gardens. Famers and school children were equally introduced to this new concept of gardening.
Sariyang M.K Joberteh, the Deputy Director General at the Department of Agriculture, said that a great potential is attached to horticultural crop production in The Gambia and that it has become a priority area for the government towards diversification, food security, poverty reduction, rural development and economic growth.
He hailed the FAO for assisting the farming communities by improving their production and productivity in order to be self-sufficient in food and nutritional security. “By growing vegetable in micro-garden, urban people grow their own food to improve their own food and nutrition security,” he said.
He pointed out that micro-gardening integrates horticultural production technique with rainwater harvesting and household waste management. He added that micro-gardens are highly productive and easily managed and can yield surplus for sale.