NBR farmers positive about good season ahead of Farafenni seed fair

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Farmers in the North Bank Region (NBR) said they are hopeful that 2019 will prove a good farming season for them, as several households prepare to receive free seed support at the second 2019 national seed fair that was held in Farafenni on Monday.

 The seed fair was conceived by the National Seed Secretariat (NSS), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and other relevant stakeholders last year, to leverage farmers’ access to quality seeds in adequate quantities and other farm inputs such as fertilizer and chemicals in preparation for the 2019 cropping season.

 The first 2019 seed fair was hosted by the Central River Region (CRR) in Brikamaba, on Saturday, while NBR hosts the second one in Farafenni on Monday. It targets to enable seed producers, marketers and input dealers to present their products to prospective customers. The agricultural produce fair is expected to create a platform for linkage between seed growers, input dealers and farmers.

A total of 11, 457 registered households from Central and North Bank Regions who are in need of input support to the 2019-2020 cropping season, will each access one variety of seed free of charge on need base that is worth a half hectare farm.

Kemo Minteh, a farmer from Minteh Kunda in Central Badibou, said the new idea is a welcome development in the country and they hoped it will contribute to the improvement of their agricultural production.

In March, research was conducted in Central and North Bank Regions to identify households required to receive free seeds support of different varieties that would worth half hectare of farm.

 A lab analyst at the National Seed Secretariat (NSS), Momodou Konteh told farmers that the seeds are expected to improve their farm production and not for direct consumption.

 “We will be coming back for monitoring during the rainy season to see if you have used the seed for their intended purpose,” he cautioned.

 President of National Seed Growers Association, Basaikou Kanteh, said the seed fair is a platform where farmers will market their produce. “It will also create future linkage between farmers and buyers.”

Author: Amadou Jallow