Basic infrastructure and feeding are the two major obstacles to poultry farming in The Gambia, according to a prominent Gambian veterinarian and specialist in poultry diseases.
On Monday, January 9, 2022, a three-day training for 25 poultry farmers was officially opened at the Department of Livestock Services (DLS) in Abuko. During the opening ceremony, Dr. Jarra Jagne, who is currently employed at Cornell University in the United States, made an observation.
Many Gambians are interested in starting poultry farming but lack the necessary skills, knowledge, and funds to do so. In order to succeed in this field, it is important for poultry farmers to have a deep understanding of poultry nutrition and diseases.
During a conversation, she expressed her concern, saying, “It saddens me that many people are losing their hard-earned money simply because they lack the necessary knowledge.” As part of this training, I will be equipping farmers with these essential skills.
Although there are many enthusiastic individuals interested in poultry, Gambia still lacks the fundamental infrastructure necessary for a successful poultry industry. As a result, Brazil and the United States import a significant amount of poultry into the country. Poultry farmers are not yet at the stage where they can petition the government to halt the importation of poultry because the local population does not produce sufficient quantities.
One of the major challenges faced by poultry farmers in The Gambia is the lack of quality feed and feed processing plants. According to a leading Gambian veterinarian, poultry feed processing plants are essential for driving poultry production in The Gambia.