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LHDP income generating activities, improves rural farmers' livelihood
Small Ruminants Bani Kekoro village, URR
The Livestock and Horticulture Development Project
(LHDP) aims to help small-scale rural producers, who are mainly women, to
increase their incomes by improving the yield and quality of their
horticultural and livestock products. The project also targets young people
through the establishment of pilot gardens and market-oriented small livestock
and poultry production units.
LHDP which is a co-financing project- the
International Fund for Agricultural Development (ifad.org)at a cost of US $8.0 million grant and the
African Development Bank (afdb.org) US $4.9 million and the project is directly
benefiting 10,390 households from 2010-2015. The IFAD component was approved in December 2009 and
was signed and launched a national level on 15th March, 2009.
The project which provides practical support to the
villager groups known as Kafoo-has
today increased our income, reduce poverty and promote our small businesses and
entrepreneurship in our local communities says Mrs. Fatou Kanteh President Bani
Kekoro village, Upper Fulladu East in Upper River Region.
In an interview with the beneficiaries in rural regions over the weekend, Kanteh said that
the villager is a beneficiary of the LHDP project on small ruminants adding
that LHDP helps farmers’ to engage in income generating activities.
Underscoring the importance of LHDP, she said that
the project was established to compliment government’s development agenda of
food security as enshrine in many national blue prints.
“We benefitted from a lot of trainings like-
knowledge on the basic concepts of small ruminant production, group management,
breeding and rearing management, animal health with all these trainings, we now
administer our animals,” she continued, “We’re now able to manage, harvest, dry
and store and by extension make mineral leaks for our animals.”
According to Kanteh, adequate feeding is essential
to realizing the potential of small ruminants to alleviate poverty among
smallholder farmers noting that developing a grazing system for sheep is also
very important in the feed management.
She adds: “To increase the production of small ruminants
profitably, adequate feeding is recognized as the most important factor, next
LHDP, she acknowledged has contributed immensely to
raising Gambian farmers awareness and understanding of best farming practices
and technology to improve quality production of their products been it garden
products, small ruminants or poultry.
For Aja Hata Njie President Tesito Women Kafoo in
Sarakunda village, Sabach Sanjal in North Bank Region, “with LHDP trainings,
our capacities has been build to an extent that we can now administer drugs,
slaughter poultry birds and conduct packaging and marketing of poultry products
within and outside their region.”
At the Sarakuda poultry farm, she disclosed that
they have one thousand (1,000) birds’ broilers and are selling each bird at one
hundred and fifty dalasi (D150.00) and calls on all sundry to patronize them by
buying their birds.
Feeding 1000 Birds Sarakunda Poultry Farm, NBR
She continued, “our birds are healthy and fit for
consumptions everywhere been it at hotels, restaurants, homes, parties” etc
adding that broilers are birds bred and raised specially for meat production.
Feeding broiler, she statedcan be very expensive because one bag of feed
50kg is costing D1, 000 and each broiler needs to feed on 4kgs for it to weight
2kgs before been slaughter but was quick to say that the project has supply
them with feeds at no cost.
The project, she explained provides transport for
them to take their already process birds LDHP outlets-Kotu and Abuko.
It could be recalled that the ban on the importation
of frozen chicken legs into the country was pronounced by President Yahya AJJ
Jammeh during his ‘Dialogue with the People Tour’ in June 2013 at a meeting held
in Basse, Upper River Region. At a meeting attended by thousands of APRC
militants, Gambian leader said that government’s decision to ban frozen chicken
legs is to protect the health and welfare of the public, and to ensure that
consumers get value and quality for their money.