in the North Bank Region are currently busy clearing their farms in
anticipation of this year’s rainy season. The minister of Agricultural, Omar
Jallow, recently challenged farmers in the area to increase their farming
exercise, as he presented 20- tonnes of fertilizer for onward delivery to
farmers in the region. Farmers, however, raised concerns with non availability
of farm inputs and lack of motivation on the part of government, which they
would, solicits government’s intervention in that regard.
Meanwhile, many farmers in the area complained of what they called non-buying of their groundnut seeds and high cost of farming inputs ploughing machines and seeders as some of the of main obstacles hindering the development of agriculture in the area.
Sering Sey, a farmer in Nuimi Ndofan said farmers are the most vulnerable people in the country, who deserve all the necessary support from the government. He disclosed that the price of tone for groundnut this past year has increased up to D3200 .
“The government should do all it can to support us with seeds on low cost price.”
Alieu Jallow of Sam Mbollet and Ahmed Keita of Fass Ngaja Choi, both echoed similar sentiments, saying government should try by all means to come to their aid by providing them with all the necessary farming inputs to enhance agricultural productivity in the area. “We are complaining about high cost price for groundnut seeds and farming inputs like seeders which are costing for D9000.
Ebou Joof of Mbollet Bah observed that machination in agriculture is the only way forward especially for small scale farmers. This sector, he observed, is still low and added that is what the current government should focus on.“The fertilizer is important but before you start applying fertilizer there must be a seeds first so that when you saw it and it germinates, then you can start applying fertilizer,” Mr. Joof quips.