Indonesia to Support Gambia’s Agricultural Sector

About 31% of Gambians majority of whom lives in the rural areas are currently employed in the agricultural sector. 

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Indonesia will build stronger cooperation with Gambia’s agricultural sector, according to a statement issued by the Indonesian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, on Sunday (25/07). The embassy also represents Indonesia in neighboring Gambia.

Agriculture Rural Farmers Training Center (ARFTC) director Asumana Njaedi said Indonesia has been very helpful in providing Gambian farmers with training, while also giving them useful knowledge related to the sector, as quoted by state-run news agency Antara.

Meanwhile, Indonesia will also help the African nation to rebuild the ARFTC, which was established by the Indonesian government in Jenoi, Gambia, in 1998. The facility is situated on 6.6 hectares of land.

Gambia is primarily an agricultural nation with most of its people being dependent on the farming sector. However, Gambia needs assistance from other countries, such as Indonesia, to develop the sector.

As the country that benefits most from agriculture, Indonesia also held a workshop in Jenoi on March 21-28 relating to matters such as food processing, cultivation techniques, micro-farming and mechanization.

The workshop was followed up by another in Lembang, West Java, on April 1-14.

“For 17 years, Indonesia has provided capacity building programs to 5,400 participants in South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East,” the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ information and public diplomacy director general Esty Andayani said, as quoted by the ministry’s website. He added that agriculture remains one of the Indonesia’s flagship programs.

According to the foreign ministry website, Indonesia has also provided aid through the ARFTC in support of the agricultural sectors of other West African countries.

Between 2010 and 2013, the ARFTC has trained almost 6,000 farmers from Gambia and neighboring countries such as Senegal, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea.

Indonesia recorded $1,4 billion in agricultural exports in the first half of this year, down 18.14 percent compared to the same period last year

Source: Jakarta Globe

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