This has tremendous impact on agricultural output of farmers and has resulted in improved production, especially in rice and vegetables.GRTS is The Gambia's only public service broadcaster.In December 1995 the Government commissioned the Gambia Radio and Television Service (GRTS) TV station.
Later, a couple of transmitting stations were erected at the villages of Bansang and Soma inland to achieve national broadcasting coverage.
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Despite these earlier efforts some areas of The Gambia, in particular the up-river regions still remain outside the airing range.
Broadcasts are made in all the 4 main languages as well as English and French.
Some programmes from foreign sources like the BBC News of the UK, CNN of the USA, Deutsche Welle of Germany and CFI of France are also regularly shown within the GRTS station’s programme schedule.
As more and more television units become financially accessible to local families, GRTS has become an ever more vital and effective means of communication.
In 2002 the Government completed building the station's headquarters to accommodate the GRTS's administrative, technical, and operational needs.
The importance of Television broadcasting for socio-economic development of the Gambia cannot be over emphasised.
Knowledge and information are fundamental drivers of increased productivity and are seminal to invention, innovation and wealth creation.
GRTS runs programmes on new innovations in appropriate technology in agriculture as a way of educating our farming communities.