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Monday, 30 August 2010

1.6 Million Euro Tugboats Project Commissioned

The 1.6 million Euro Tugboats Rehabilitation Project of the European Union (EU) and The Gambia Groundnut Cooperation (GGC), was last Friday commissioned at the GGC head office at Denton Bridge in Banjul. Speaking at the ceremony, Helene Cave, the outgoing charge d' affaires of the European Union in The Gambia, called for greater support to President Jammeh's back-to-the-land initiative to ensure rapid attainment of the country's food self-sufficiency drive.  "The 'back to the land' initiative should be commended, as it will improve, without doubt, the food self-sufficiency [aspiration] of the country. The groundnut sub-sector should remain vibrant and I hope that the EU can contribute to this drive," she remarked. According to her, the three tugboats were rehabilitated in the context of the EU STABEX project, which is aimed at improving the competitiveness of the groundnut sub-sector in particular with regards to quality assurance. The government of The Gambia in the last quarter of 2007 adopted the groundnut sub-sector roadmap implementation framework which provided for immediate road short term rehabilitation and maintenance of some components at the GGC," she noted. Helena Cave also explained that the rehabilitation of some river transport fleet will increase production capacity and improve on the turn-around time of the batch fleet from the transportation of the nuts from other parts of the country to the processing plant in Sarro. "Rural development and food security is one of the three main factors of current intervention of the EU in The Gambia together with world infrastructure and water supply," she indicated.

Source: Allafrica