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The Gambia’s rice production capacity has been increasing as the country produced 51,350 metric tonnes of rice in 2009, with imports equivalent to D826 million Import soared to 135, 000 tonnes in the same year, according to Gambia Bureau of Statistics and Department of Planning.

This was revealed on Monday by Sulayman Jallow, Principal Research Officer at the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), while presenting a paper on “Government Policy Concerning Rice Value Chain in The Gambia” at a one-day validation workshop on a study on “Rice Value Chain in The Gambia”.

The workshop was organised by the National Farmers Platform at its secretariat in Kanifing.

The study was commissioned by a team of consultants from VECO Senegal/Gambia, led by Mr Baiti Ndoye.

Sought to examine the rice sub-sector in The Gambia, the study’s validation brought together representatives of different farmer organisations across the country, experts in food production, government officials and consumers to brainstorm on the findings and make recommendations and suggestions to authenticate the document.

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Date:  25th November 2010