BANJUL, (Xinhua) --
Gambian President Adama Barrow has promised to
release an equivalent of 25 million U.S. dollars to farmers
ahead of the rainy season, which is due in two months’ time,
local media reported on Monday.
“So far 25 million
U.S. dollars is available from the Islamic Development Bank to
support farmers with groundnut seeds and fertilizers for the
upcoming rainy season,” President Barrow said in a press
statement issued during the weekend.
He said during his
recent tour of the county, people have expressed the need for
urgent support for agricultural inputs such as seeds,
fertilizers and farm implements.
“I have taken note
of the urgent needs of Gambians such as the need for drugs in
our health facilities, infrastructural development such as
feeder roads, electricity and clean water supply, amongst
others,” he added.
“All these will
require the support of the National Assembly as an oversight
institution to make sure that the quality of governance is
strengthened, laws are respected and the policies are
implemented,” the president was quoted as saying.
“We can only succeed by working together as a nation,” he said.
“While we respect our diversity in opinion, we can always come
to consensus to build our nation.”