14 Sep John Deere and The Gambia Launch Agricultural Program Facilitated by Jefferson Waterman International
New public/private partnership will mechanize agriculture in The Gambia.
The U.S. company John Deere has joined forces with The Gambia’s Ministry of Agriculture to improve the productivity of small and medium-scale farmers in The Gambia. The program will mechanize ploughing, harrowing, planting, PTO pumping, spraying and harvesting in The Gambia. John Deere was introduced to officials in the government of The Gambia by Jefferson Waterman International.
The new agriculture development program includes the acquisition of more than five dozen tractors, a full range of implements and training, as well as spare parts and servicing for a period of three years. Training will cover equipment operations and maintenance.
Specifically, the focus of the pilot program is to increase the productivity of small-scale growers and 450 medium-scale farmers in The Gambia, with the goal of alleviating the food crises that the country frequently experiences. The nation’s farmers have relied on ox-driven equipment since the 1950s. Tractors were first introduced in 2010, led by the country’s President Yahya Jammeh. The Gambia’s Minister for Agriculture, Solomon Owens, hailed the program as “a wonderful initiative” for achieving sustainable agricultural development. The country’s principal crops include groundnut, rice and maize.
John Deere is the world’s leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery. Founded 175 years ago, the company is based in the U.S. Online media outlets Equities.com and allAfrica.com were among the first to report an article about the new initiative published by The Daily Observer (Banjul).
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