Saturday, 3 August 2013
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Farmers in many parts of the country have been expressing concern over the lack of adequate rains, especially in July which is usually a rainy period in The Gambia. It has been confirmed that there has not been substantial rainfall in many parts of the country for many weeks now, thus leaving farmers worried.
 
In fact, special congregational prayers have been held in some parts of the country, for Allah to bless the country with more rains.
 
It is sad and worrying that many farmers have sown their seeds, without the expected rains coming. Whatever happened to the "normal to above normal rainfall" reportedly forecast for this year?
Saturday, 3 August 2013
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Gunjur natives in the Diaspora on 28 July 2013 donated health materials to Gunjur Health Centre, as part of their contribution towards the development of the health sector.
 
The donated items included beds, mattresses and bed sheets. Speaking at the presentation ceremony held in Gunjur, the Alkalo of Gunjur, Alhagie Sulayman Touray, commended Gunjurians abroad for the benevolent gesture. Alkalo Touray prayed for the donors to have peace, happiness, good health and long life.
 
The Councillor of Gunjur Ward, Karamo Joran Bojang, hailed Gunjurians in the Diaspora for the gesture. The donation complements government's efforts at developing and maintaining a comprehensive health sector.
 
The chairman of Gunjur Village Development Committee, Demba Jobe Touray, said Gunjurians in the Diaspora are really willing to render more support to the village, adding that Gunjur VDC received D32,000 from Gunjurians abroad to rehabilitate a market road in the town.
Saturday, 3 August 2013
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 There is palpable excitement in the West Coast Region (WCR), the home region of President Jammeh, as the electricity expansion project being carried out by the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) continues to impact positively on the lives of the inhabitants. Almost two years after the project was hatched to the joy of many a WCR inhabitant, this reporter went back to assess the impact this pro-poor scheme has on people in the beneficiary communities. From Mandinaba to Jiboroh, Bullok to Kalagi and Gunjur, the villagers could not hide their excitement, which is easily noticeable on their faces. They truly have reason to smile and even smile bigger for the fact that this project has brought to an end, their age-old dependence on candles and kerosene lamps, which often exposes them to calamities such as infernos. Anyone who is a frequent traveler on the Trans-Gambia Highway will easily notice that the West Coast Region, particularly from Mandinaba to Kalagi, has dramatically changed, with virtually all the villages along the road electrified. Villages that are off the roads, which are yet to benefit from the project, are enjoying solar power.

Saturday, 3 August 2013
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Francisco Grau
Agrifood

 The director general of the Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA) has hailed the government of The Gambia for its decision to revamp the legal and institutional framework for food safety and quality in the country by establishing the FSQA.

 
Dr. Kebba Daffeh was speaking in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer Monday at his office at the headquarters of the National Nutrition Agency (NaNa). He said such a move places The Gambia in a clear vantage position to put in place a more effective and efficient modern national food control system. This, according to him, is expected to substantially impact on the national economy by enhancing agri-food trade and access to lucrative export markets. This, he went on, will contribute to poverty reduction and also enhance livelihoods of small producers who are responsible for the bulk of agri-food supplies. He used the opportunity to outline the key mandate of the Authority. "The Food Safety and Quality Authority of The Gambia (FSQA) is a newly created institution under the Office of the Vice President and Ministry of Women's Affairs. It is established by the Food Safety and Quality Act of 2011," he explained.
Saturday, 3 August 2013
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The West Coast Region one (WCR1) health director has said that though the prevalence rate of HIV1 which stood at 1.6% in The Gambia is comparatively low, there should be no room for complacency. Alagie saine said the UNAIDS's latest report shows that since the beginning of the AIDs pandemic millions of individuals worldwide have been infected with HIV. By the end of 2012, the report added, more than 33 million were infected and closed to 3 million people have died of AIDS related illnesses. Saine made these remarks on Wednesday while deputizing for the director of health services Dr Adama Demba, at a high level experts meeting on HIV care and treatment in West and Central Africa held at NaNA conference hall. The event was a follow up activity, organised by Hands on Care in collaboration with the National AIDS Control Programme of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

Saturday, 3 August 2013
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Francisco Grau

 The Gambia Women's Federation on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Traid Global Incorporation at a ceremony held at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi.

 
The MoU was meant to enable the federation and Traid Global implement various projects ranging from business ventures to agriculture amongst others in the interest of Gambian women and the country at large. The signing ceremony was witnessed by the deputy speaker of the National Assembly, Hon Fatou Mbye, the executive director of Women's Bureau, Ida Faye-Hydara and president of the Gambia Women's Federation amongst others.