columnBy Sheriff Barry
A warm welcome to the Agriculture Column. In this edition we bring you the state of horticultural activities at Burufut Alantentu Kafo Horticultural Garden, which provides domestic earnings for over 250 women and their families. The horticultural garden had earlier received over D1M (one million dalasis) from the Gambian leader, His Excellency Shiekh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya AJJ Jammeh, for the fencing of the garden. Speaking to the Daily Observer's Agricultural columnist at the garden, Oumiratou Manneh, the president of Brufut Alantentu Kafo Horticultural Garden expressed words of appreciation for the Gambian leader for his personal assistance towards the development of the garden. She recalled that in the past, before the president's intervention, they had encountered problems in terms of animal intrusion, which usually caused huge losses to their vegetable earnings. "Today we can proudly stand and say such has become a thing of the past. There is a significant improvement in the protection and maintenance of the garden," she added.
Madam Manneh informed that their assocaition has been in existence for over two and a half decades now and has since been struggling to establish a better horticultural garden.
However, she noted, "the numerous support from the Taiwan technical mission has impacted positively on the management and preservation of our vegetables. We have learnt a lot from them; they have made us experts in the area of vegetable management and more importantly they help us create an avenue to revolve our funds," the women group president stated.
For her part, Mama Gaye Darboe, the assistant secretary of Brufut Alantentu Kafo Horticultural Garden, also underscored the contribution they have been receiving from good partners like the Peri-Urban support project, and the Low Land Agricultural Development Project (LADEP), who supported their construction of a borehole and other facilities.
Highlighting some of their constraints, Mama said they include lack of enough fertilizer, the inability of the borehole to supply the entire garden, as well as marketing. The petty traders, commonly known as 'Jendenjai', have already occupied the areas allocated to them by Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC). She therefore used the opportunity to appeal to authorities at KMC to look into the possibilities of solving their problems.
She finally appealed to donor agencies to help them overcome their prevailing constraints, one among which is the second borehole, which is yet to be functional.
Mama Gaye-Darboe then joined her president in thanking the Gambian leader for his immense support in improving the welfare of women of Burufut village, the Taiwan Technical Mission, the Peri-Urban support project and the Low Land Agricultural Development Project, for helping them realise some of their objectives.