President Barrow Visits Community Garden that Yields D3 Million in One Season
Basse, Upper River Region, 23
November 2019 - Members of the community horticultural
garden in Nema Fass saved a staggering amount of over three million dalasis at the end of the
first seasonal harvest, President Adama Barrow told during a visit there on the fourth day of the
ongoing President’s Meet the People tour.
President Barrow expressed excitement and admiration for the group’s ability to save up such a
colossal sum in one season, following a thorough engagement with the gardeners.
While encouraging them to continue working hard and not rest on their laurels, the president
promised that his cabinet will initiate new value addition mechanisms to enable producers
control the market price.
The Fass vegetable garden in Central River Region North is 4 hectares with a membership of 81
men and 276 women. Each member owns 5 beds of 1m x 10m. It is supported by FASDEP to
ensure all year round reliable water supply for sustainable vegetable production.
According to a women’s representative, they need more modern farming equipment and
mechanical technologies such sprinklers to ease manual labour as well as marketing and storage
facilities. The president was briefed about how the local gardeners are using information
technology to access market information about prices in urban areas.
Agriculture Minister told reporters at the garden that the Nema Fass model of gardening was
designed to ensure sustainability in providing solid fencing and water resources. She revealed the
government, through her Ministry, is working with potential investors to open regular markets
for the gardiners.
Barrow Government Revitalizing Mix Farming Centers
Connecting to Kaur from Sabach Sanjal, President Barrow made a brief stop to inspect ongoing
works at a Mix Farming Center in Ngain Sanjal.
The center is designed for capacity building for farmers in crop and vegetable production, animal
husbandry, research, and development, plus other agricultural best practices.
The president was told that the facility, which is 100% funded by The Gambia Government and
being constructed by Gambian contractors, will be fully completed in March 2020.
It is the latest initiative of the government to spur agricultural growth and support the attainment
of food security by educating the farmer folks on modern best practices