The Gambia Armed Forces driving to fulfill her Secondary Mandate as stipulated in the revised 1997 Constitution Section 187 Sub Section (1) (C) Functions of the Armed Forces; today 8 April 2019 held a briefing presentation to acquaint her minister, the Minister of Defence His Excellency and Commander-in-Chief (CIC) President Adama Barrow on the Armed Forces’ Agricultural Projects Proposal.
The presentation which was held at the State House in Banjul, had the AGCO Corps delegates and the head of the GAF Agricultural Projects Committee make their respective presentations to HE as his capacity as the Minster of Defence (MOD).
In attendance at the presentation briefings were the Permanent and Deputy Permanent Secretary of the MOD, Permanent Secretaries: Ministry of Agriculture and Local Government & Lands, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) , Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (DCDS), Commander Gambia National Army (GNA) and senior officers of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ).
The Gambia Armed Forces Agricultural Projects Proposal are projects in which the Armed Forces intends to venture into agricultural activities such as Tidal Rice Irrigation, Horticulture, Aquaculture, Animal Husbandry, Poultry, Moringa And Sugar Cane productions. To attain the aforementioned GAF needs to partner with stakeholders like the Ministry of Agriculture, Local Government & Lands and others who are willing to support this course. It is in this light that the AGCO Corps who are involved in highly profitable mechanized farming in all the continents and having been exposed to GAF’s Agriculture Project Concept and Proposal have step in to partner with GAF to make our dreams a reality.
These projects when realised will relieve the budgetary allowance on feeding of GAF’s personnel from Government and as well provide food security, youth employment and healthy nutrition for the army and the Gambian populace at large. This is the initiative of the CDS to reform the GAF to be more innovative and proactive to accomplish her mandates. The presentation at the State House was to get the Minister of Defence informed as a way of seeking his consent to begin meaningful dialogue and consultation with the partners.