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Talks on The Gambia's successful effort in making itself self-sufficient

Meeting with Agriculture Minister on the sidelines of the FAO Council

The Gambia’s successful effort in making itself self-sufficient is a cause for great satisfaction, FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva said today.

He met with Ismaila Sanyang, The Gambia’s Minister for Agriculture, on the sidelines of the 154th session of the FAO Council and expressed his recognition of the country’s efforts to meet the needs of its people.

The two parties highlighted growing partnership in various areas of mutual interest. In particular, they discussed the implementation of a projected, funded by the Euroepan Union under the aegis of the Millennium Development Goals, for the development of eight community gardens.

FAO’s ongoing support to The Gambia’s fisheries and aquaculture development strategy was also been discussed. It is a cornerstone in the government’s efforts to foster youth employment opportunities.

The Director-General and the Minister also discussed The Gambia’s signature and ratification of the Port State Measure Agreement. The country has fast-tracked the process for the international agreement, which seeks to clamp down on illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and goes into force on June 5.

 

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