10 October 2012

Gambia: No Bumper Harvest Expected in Northbank Due to Infertile Soil

Farmers in the Lower Nuimi District, North Bank Region of the Gambia who spoke to farmers' Eye on Sunday during a visit of the area asserted that their harvest this year is not good due to the infertility of soil as they could afford the high cost of fertilizer.

The Farmers asserted that their food insecurity will continue to increase year in and year out due to the fact that the land they cultivate is infertile and that the fertilizer which can make the land fertile is unaffordable.

The farmers in Lower Nuimi in the North Bank Region told this reporter that no matter the land space one cultivates in a given year, production will continue to be low because of the fact that the soil is infertile and that no farmer in this country can afford the required fertilizer to broadcast on one's farm.

They told this reporter that a bag of fertilizer in Nuimi this year cost D1020.

They pointed out that before the arrival of Gambia's fertilizer, the Senegalese fertilizer cost D650 but that after the arrival of Gambia's fertilizer, the Senegalese increased their fertilizer from D650 to D850 which most of them could not afford.

The farmers argued that as long as the Government fails to subsidize fertilizer in the country, the poverty of the farmers will accelerate and food insecurity will be a household name in the farming community.

The farmers concluded that though the rainfall pattern this year was good, they couldn't have a bumper harvest as a result of soil infertile.

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