By Nelson Manneh
The Institute Marques de Valle Flor (IMVF) has on Thursday 1st July 2021 concluded the training of 28 young people on Small Ruminant Productions, Business Management and Marketing at the department of livestock services in Abuko.
The training was part of the agribusiness support provided by the “Tekki Fii” project which intends to support agro-entrepreneurs to expand the existing business and to create jobs, as well as create new businesses.
The project “Building a Future: Make It In The Gambia” also known as “Tekki Fii”, led by IMVF and funded by the European Union, has been implemented since January 2019. Its objective is to contribute to socio-economic development and to nurture positive prospects for the local population and returning migrants in The Gambia.
Joana Lopes Martin, the project coordinator, said the training was meant to build the capacity of young people on small ruminant productions, business management and marketing.
“We believe that the young people can provide jobs for themselves and all that they need is to provide them with the necessary skills and grants,” she said.
Lopes Martin said the project is temporary for now in the Gambia.
“Make good use of the knowledge given to you and we will continue to monitor you along the way,” she said.
She further said the training has opened contacts for the participants as they were able to network with others during the process.
“Always be ready to help each other in difficult times and work as colleagues,” she said.
Dr. Ousman Ceesay, a representative from the department of livestock services at Abuko, said small ruminant productions business is lucrative in the Gambia and outside because people need food to survive.
“If you put the knowledge given to you into good use, you will realize the benefits it will make in your lives,” he said.