10 December 2012

Gambia: Jalambere Women Gardeners Appeal for Support

Joko Jaiteh, an Executive Member of Jalambere village Development Committee In Jarra Central (LRR) has appealed to government, NGOs and the private sector to come to their support to help improve their working conditions in their village's horticultural garden.

Madam Jaiteh made this appeal on behalf of the women horticultural gardeners in an interview with this paper at Jappine in Jarra Central in the Lower River Region recently.

Madam Jaiteh said they decided to involve in horticultural gardening so as to improve their livelihood and contribute their quota in the fight against hunger and poverty in their society. She however said due to lack of enough working tools such as watering cans, spades, garden forks among others they are facing difficulties in their work. She also emphasised the high cost of seeds and fertilizer as major constraints in their day to day activities.

The woman horticultural gardener also mentioned lack of market for their produce as they either had to travel to Jarra Soma market to sell their produce or travel to the weekly market ("Lumo") in Bureng in Jarra West and Jarra East respectively that cost them extra expenditures. She calculated that in the end they do not make any profit or that the profit is so minimal that it does not cover the operational cost. She said most of the time when there is abundant supply of vegetables at the market, they find it difficult to get a place to sell their produce and therefore leave the place with no choice but to beat down prices or sell at give away prices. She said at most of the time they had to go around in surrounding villages, carrying these vegetables on their heads and in their hands to sell to villagers. She finally emphasised the need to support them with a view to encourage them in their initiative and ease their constraints.

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