HARVEST AT AJA ASOMBI`S MAIZE FARM AT BUJINGHA.
14 December 2002:
The mother of the head of state of the Republic
of the Gambia, Aja Asombi Bojang, last weekend harvested large quantities
of maize cobs at her farm in Bujingha, Foni kansala. Over three
hundred people, most of them women helped her harvest her 10 hectare
Mama Asombi who is in her mid-fifties underscored
the importance of farming saying that without it life would be so
unbearable to most people in the country whose main source of food
is imported cereals. She said that since importation of goods into
the country could sometimes be difficult, people should produce
their own foodstuff by going back to the land.
She therefore advised that Gambians, especially
the youths should take up farming seriously since not all of them
could acquire so called `white Collar` jobs. She also advised against
idling and laziness amongst youths.
The manager of Aja Asombi`s farm Musa Ceesay said
the farm was barely one hectare in dimension last year but has now
expanded ten fold this year. Mr.Ceesay said that with the right
input, the farm could be expanded further next year.
He said that Aja Asombi has set a bright example
to others of her type to make best use of old age by engaging in
other productive ventures.
Most people who were present at the harvesting,
expressed delight in helping the mother of the president harvesting
her maize. They also expressed that the way forward for food self-sufficiency
in the Gambia is through farming.
Reported by Lamin SM Jaiteh