least seven communities within West Coast Region (WCR) have benefited from
Agriculture department’s horticulture technical services distribution of garden
seeds and equipment.
The seeds included tomatoes, garden egg, hot pepper, pepper rocket, eggplant, cabbage, water melon and okra while the equipment include hand sprayers, wheelbarrows, measuring hanging scales, watering cans, cutlasses, gloves, rain boots and rakes.
The beneficiary seven communities are NEMA project sponsored gardens in Marakissa and Darsilameh in Kombo Central and Bulock, Sibanor, Batabut Kantoro and Berefet in the Fonis.
Speaking at the first distribution site in Marakissa, the principal horticulture officer at the department of agriculture Kang Saikou Ceesay said the equipment is meant to support women in NEMA project sponsored garden.
He said vegetable seeds for wet season gardening are also provided to promote year round vegetable production on sustainable basis considering climate change in agriculture development.
According to him, the project also provided boreholes in the gardens to ease the watering burden. He emphasised to the beneficiaries that the seeds and equipment are given to them at no cost, appealing to them to always seek agriculture extension workers advice at all time.
Mr. Ceesay urged the beneficiaries to make best use of the items and to ensure their sustainability while advising them to avoid opening all seeds tins at the same time to avoid their damage and to also put in place mechanism that will enable help them have seed when the need arises.
Speaking on behalf of the women, Sarata Colley thanked the department of agriculture, saying agriculture is their main livelihood. She noted that the seeds would not only enable them to venture in all-year-round vegetable production but also improve the nutritional status of their families. She said each member of the garden would contribute some amount of money for the sustainability of the seeds store.
Chairman of Marakisa Village Development Committee (VDC) James Buba Manneh thanked the department of agriculture for the support, saying supporting rural communities is crucial while expressing his committee’s readiness to support their people in improving their welfare at all time.The village Alkalo Sadibou Colley said the materials would help a great deal for those engaged in gardening in meeting the nutritional status of their families and boosts their economic status