New garden commissioned in Kerewan Nyakoi
January 10, 2019
A new garden for the community of Nyakoi Kerewan in Wuli West District of the Upper River Region was during the weekend inaugurated.
It was executed in 12-months and funded by the Global Environment Facility Small Grant Program for the Kerewan Women Association. The project was implemented in partnership with Beakanyang NGO.
Deputising the URR Governor at a colourful event, Sisawo Sabally, regional forestry director, urged community members to use the new garden which also encourages agroforestry.
He said: “I’m very much delighted to see that in this garden we have what we call agroforestry that is the growing of vegetables and cultivation of tress.”
Sisawo thanked all those who supported towards the realisations of the livelihood improvement initiative.
He urged beneficiaries to take good care of the facilities provided in the garden and make the best use of the opportunity.
He further challenged them to ensure that the place is protected from bush fires while hailing development partners in the region for complementing government’s efforts.
Ms Naba Jabby of Kerewan Women Association, said the project has helped them with two concrete line wells fitted with solar and overhead tanks.
“We are happy that the garden is fenced and secured with chain-link wires, [and] with water storage facilities. We also received garden inputs and acquired needed skills of making organic fertiliser,” she said.
Ms Jabby commended GEF, Beakanyang and other partners for alleviating their ‘suffering.’
For his part, Mr Sanna Giana, deputy regional agricultural director for the URR, said such interventions would help in the crusade to attaining food security in the country.
He lamented that despite the availability of fresh water and arable land, the country continue to import most of her stable food. That is sad, he regretted.
Nfamara Jawneh, the executive director of Beakanyang, echoed his organisation’s commitment in working with women and youth across the country to supporting national development.
According to him, the objective of the project seeks to build capacity of women to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change as well as to promote food security in the community.
He lamented those problems such as flooding, droughts, rainstorm and rise in sea-level, unpredictable rainfall pattern resulting in poor harvest as some of the impacts of climate change.
A human rights hero, Jawneh said climate change is now seriously affecting agriculture, the wildlife and the ecosystem. He called for the need for concerted efforts to adapt to it.
Other speakers include Alkalo of Kerewan Basiru Sillah, Jaka Dibbasy of Kerewan Women Association, a renowned vegetable gardener Ms Mariama Sillah of Darsimeh and Kinti Sidibeh of Barrow Kunda Yeriwa Kafo.