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GRTS Radio News February 16 2013

February 16, 2013

The Livestock and Horticulture Development Project has concluded a validation workshop at Brikama West Coast Region.  This followed the completion of a market study by a team of consultants to assess the marketing prospects and anticipated challenges in the crop and livestock sectors. Speaking at the forum Horticulture Specialist Ousman Jarjue commended stakeholders for their commitment to nation building.  Deputy Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture Asemy Cole noted that marketing has been a long term constraint and thus, the need to urgently come up with an important document to solve it.  He called on the consultants to listen and incorporate the ideas and suggested amendments that emanate from the workshop.  The Director General of Agriculture Musa Houma urged the participants to come up with a sustainable marketing strategy to avoid post-harvest loss.

The Lower River Region Disaster Management Committee recently conducted their first quarterly meeting of the year.  The meeting reviewed their past activities, discussed the way forward as well as the annual draft work plan developed by the National Disaster Management Agency.  Addressing the meeting Governor Lamin Darboe emphasized the need for concerted efforts by all stakeholders in the prevention and mitigation of disasters.  The Governor thanked the National Disaster Management Agency for their efforts across the country. Regional Disaster Coordinator Lamin Saidy noted that the draft work plan was meant to enhance communities’ resilience on disaster risk reduction and risk management for sustainable development through coordination at all levels.   Mr Saidy praised Seyfolu, councilors and Alkalolu for their tireless efforts and cooperation.

The Raising Her Voice project under the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies ACDHRS on Thursday handed over thirty mobile phones and sim cards with CUG facilities to the project’s advocacy group in Illiassa in the North Bank Region.  Raising Her Voice was established by the centre five years ago with the view to advocating for the domestication of the Protocol on Women as well as assist women understand the international and national laws that protect their rights.  Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the Executive Director ACDHRS Hannah Foster commended the group for their support and collaboration noting that gender equality should be embraced by all.  Gender activist Binta Sidibeh Jammeh explained that the Raising Her Voice project has trained thirty women and men on the international and national instruments protecting the rights of women.  She said the mobile phones would enable them communicate easily and work towards the success of the project.  In a related development Raising Her Voice presented a similar package to its partners in Janjangbureh Central River Region. Speaking at the presentation ceremony Governor Ganyi Touray said women should be supported and empowered for meaningful development to be realized.  The project has also donated mobile phones to women in the Lower River and West Coast Regions.

A team from the Bakau Fire and Rescue Services recently sensitized students of Glory Baptist Senior Secondary School in Kanifing on fire prevention measures.   Fire Officer Muhammed Drammeh advised the students to be extra vigilant when using cooking gas, candles and other materials which could easily cause fires when mishandled. He said his office was campaigning to discourage the use of candles noting that people should instead use battery powered lamps if they do not have electricity.  The Principal of the school Sorry Koroma urged the students to share the information gathered with their parents and siblings.

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