UTG receives Israeli deputy ambassador

Mamos Media

By Adama Tine

The University of The Gambia (UTG) under the leadership of the acting vice chancellor Prof. Pierre Gomez on Wednesday, received the deputy ambassador of Israeli to Senegal.

The ambassador as part of his visit also donated educational equipment and borehole reserve tanks to the school of agriculture and environmental sciences at the UTG.

The main aim of the donation is to enhance agricultural productivity and research at the Faraba campus farm.

The Israeli Embassy in Senegal funded 30 students from the school of agriculture and environmental sciences two years ago to study practical training at the Arava International Center for Agriculture Training (AICAT) in Israel and recently funded another ten students to also go and study at (AICAT) this year.

Professor Gomez expressed gratitude to the Israel Embassy for the initiative, saying he believed the initiative would greatly contribute to the advancement of students at the school of agriculture.

According to him, the initiative came at a time when the school is revamping its program which will not only improve in theoretical aspect but also on the practical as well. “Agriculture is not literature and thus needs practical” he added. 

The UTG acting VC said: “Israel using knowledge, technology and science was able to produce what they eat which should be a lesson to be learnt so that we are also able to grow what we eat”.

“We would want to expand this collaboration with the Israeli Embassy to connect UTG with other higher educational and research institutions in Israel for capacity building,” he said.

Waleed Gadban, the Israeli Deputy Ambassador said the donation was made to encourage students to invest in agriculture so that they would practice it in their society and communities.

He said the embassy can provide the tools but cannot provide the technical know-how and therefore he advised students to not only invest in agriculture but also acquire new tools in order to improve more in agriculture.

“We trust the young people to bring new results and ideas in agriculture and we would continue to supporting every agricultural sector in the Gambia as much as we can,” he added.


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