The Association of Wood Re-exporters and Forest Users in the Gambia has distributed D500,000 in food to its members as effort to encouraging stay-at-home amid the deadly coronavirus.

The food aid includes 165 bags of 50kg rice and 150 bags of 50kg sugar.

Speaking during the distribution, the group’s chairman Lamin Barrow described the support to members as a milestone in encouraging them to stay at home during the lockdown. 

“We all know you cannot call it a nation building without people having sufficient food in their various homes, and we all know 2020 is very difficult for everybody globally,” he said.

According to him, 99% of his group’s members depend on trade and “we know Covid -19 has affected almost all kind of trade globally and that is why the association spearheaded by it executive has come together to find a better way to assist them.”

Mr Barrow said the objective of this association is not only as a profit-making entity but to also support national development, adding another objective was to look at the condition of members.

He said the group has contributed D50,000 to the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the fight against Covid-19 coronavirus. 

He assured of the group’s continued support to national development. 

Reporting by Adama Makasuba 

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